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FairfaxIT: Copying 'oppression' slammed

May 17, 1999, 17:31 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

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"Richard Stallman preaches a message to a congregation of about 200 Australian programmers. It's a tough sell."

"Stallman, who in 1985 founded the Free Software Foundation (www.gnu.org) to empower users by encouraging programmers to open their source code for review, challenges his audience to throw away years of "propaganda". The propaganda he referred to are the copyright laws that Australia and other countries are bound to by international convention."

"Stallman - on a speaking tour of Australia - believes laws drafted and enacted to promote innovation at the dawn of the printing press have since been perverted to give intellectual property creators a free lunch."

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