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Richard Stallman to speak on software patents at free London event
FOR IMMEDIATE USE: 17 May 2004
WHAT: Richard Stallman to speak in London on software patents
ORGANISED BY: The Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) in association with the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) and Campaign for Digital Rights (CDR)
HOSTED BY: UCL Department of Computer Science
World-renowned free software expert Richard Stallman is to speak this Friday in central London on the ongoing battle over software patents. Stallman, head of the Free Software Foundation, has recently been working to preserve freedom in software design in Vietnam, Peru, Brazil and India as well as Europe and the US.
Software patents are extremely controversial in the US, where they have been granted on simple software techniques and cause many problems for small businesses and software developers. The resulting reduction in innovation and competition has had serious effects for all computer users. Over 33,000 Europeans have signed a EuroLinux petition against software patents.
The EU's national governments are currently attempting to over-rule a vote in the European Parliament that would have stopped such harmful patents being granted in the EU. They are due to agree this week on a proposal that would abandon the amendments made to the Software Patent Directive by the Parliament last September.
Come and hear the latest news from the front line in the fight to preserve the freedom to develop and use software!
Directions are available here; nearest Tube stations are Warren Street and Euston.
Contact for enquiries:
Ian Brown Director Foundation for Information Policy Research email@example.com 07970 164 526 (from outside the UK: +44 7970 164 526)
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