Subject: Stallman on copyright
From: Ian Lance Taylor <ian@airs.com>
Date: 11 May 2001 20:34:59 -0700

Here is a link to a good talk by Stallman on copyright:
    http://media-in-transition.mit.edu/forums/copyright/index_transcript.html

This is better than Stallman's standard talk.  Here's the abstract:

    Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed
    to fit well with the system of centralized copying imposed by the
    printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with
    computer networks, and only Draconian punishments can enforce
    it. Today the global corporations that profit from copyright are
    attempting to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing
    public access to technology so that they can retain control. But if we
    seriously hope to serve the purpose for which copyright was
    established in the US--to promote progress, for the benefit of the
    public--what needs to be done is either to reduce copyright powers or
    effectively eliminate them, depending on the kind of work. Governments
    must now protect the public's right to copy.

Ian