Richard Stallman, who founded the Free Software Foundation, built the GNU Project, and created the GPL, is coming to Santa Clara. He’ll be lecturing on January 31, 2008 at 11:45am in Benson Center at the Santa Clara University campus. His talk, titled “Copyright vs Community in the age of computer networks” is sponsored by Santa Clara University’s Computer and High Technology Law Journal, the SCU Center for Science and Technology, the SCU Intellectual Property Association, and Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP. You know you want to come, so sign up for Stallman’s lecture here. If you’ve ever worked with an Internet startup, you’ve likely encountered the GPL at one time or another. Even if you’re working with a large, established technology company, you’ve probably seen the GPL. With the recent release of GPL v3, you may have even lost some sleep wondering how the new version of this very important license would affect your clients. Perhaps you’ve wondered what motivates Stallman, what he seeks to accomplish with GPL v3, and whether he’ll be meet those goals. Come the lecture ready with your questions, and if you can’t make it to the lecture, ask your questions here. We’ll try to get them answered.

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