"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." Mohandas Gandhi
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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman

Para quem como eu acha que todo o movimento de Software Livre e o Open Source, devem muito a este homem, e porventura cada vez mais.

Cá fica um livro, o qual se pode fazer download sobre os ensaios mais pertinentes de Richard M. Stallman.

Documentation of the GNU project -- Books in Print
Free Software, Free Society book cover image
Author: Richard M. Stallman
Introduction: Lawrence Lessig
Editor: Joshua Gay
ISBN 1-882114-98-1
Hard Cover Edition with dust jacket
224 Pages
Publication Date: October 2002
Category: Ethics, Law, Computer Software

Free Software, Free Society book cover image

The intersection of ethics, law, business and computer software is the subject of these essays and speeches by MacArthur Foundation Grant winner, Richard M. Stallman. This collection includes historical writings such as The GNU Manifesto, which defined and launched the activist Free Software Movement, along with new writings on hot topics in copyright, patent law, and the controversial issue of “trusted” (more properly called “treacherous”) computing. Stallman takes a critical look at common abuses of copyright law and patents when applied to computer software programs, and how these abuses damage our entire society and remove our existing freedoms. He also discusses the social aspects of software and how free software can create community and social justice.

Given the current turmoil in copyright and patent laws, including the DMCA and proposed CBDTPA, these essays are more relevant than ever. Stallman tackles head-on the essential issues driving the current changes in copyright law. He argues that for creativity to flourish, software must be free of inappropriate and overly-broad legal constraints. Over the past twenty years his arguments and actions have changed the course of software history; this new book is sure to impact the future of software and legal policies in the years to come.

Lawrence Lessig, the author of two well-known books on similar topics, writes the introduction. He is a noted legal expert on copyright law and a Stanford Law School professor.

Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this book provided the copyright notice and this permiss
ion notice are preserved on all copies.

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