[Linux-aus] Brett Smith (FSF) talk in Melbourne, Monday 5 March 6pm

Ben Sturmfels ben at stumbles.id.au
Tue Feb 28 10:07:49 EST 2012

Hi Folks,

We're lucky enough to have a surprise visit to Melbourne from Brett
Smith of the Free Software Foundation. He's kindly offered to give a
public talk next Monday 5 March. Details below. We'd love to see you there!

Ben Sturmfels

Brett Smith from the Free Software Foundation
Public lecture: Free Software and the Law

5 March, 2012, 6 pm

Theatre 1, Alan Gilbert Building, corner of Grattan and Barry Streets,
University of Melbourne, Carlton (subject to change).


This talk will introduce free software, explain why it's important, and
explore the many places where free software interacts with the law.
Brett Smith will illustrate how copyright, licenses, patents, trade
agreements, and other laws all play a role in deciding whether and how
we can create, use, and share free software — and by extension, who
controls our computers. Members of the public are welcome. No technical
knowledge is required.

Brett Smith is visiting Melbourne to speak with government negotiators
about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the impact on
free software.

Since we may need to change to a different lecture theater due to the 
late notice, please register at the above link. We'll confirm the venue 
by 12pm Monday 5 March.

About Brett Smith

Brett is a GPL Ninja. He works in the Free Software Foundation's
Licensing Compliance Lab, as license compliance engineer. Brett answers
complex licensing questions from the public, writes widely read and
timely posts for the FSF's blogs, codes up Python programs, and dashes
across the country to give input to policy makers. Brett also ran the
GPL version 3 drafting process.

Proprietary software companies love to talk about how they hire
"ninjas." Well, free software has ninjas too!

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting
computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute
computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as
in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its
GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF
also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of
freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org
and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux.
Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at
<http://donate.fsf.org>. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

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