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LinuxPR: Richard M. Stallman Addresses Brazilian Congress on Free Software and the Ethics

Mar 20, 2001, 18:21 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Today Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), addressed the members of the Brazilian Congress on the issues of free software, the ethics of copyright, and the dangers of software patents. Stallman stressed both the ethical and practical importance of free software, which grants other developers the freedom to examine and improve the software. He also discussed issues of copyright and patents, and how they should be interpreted in terms of freedom for software users and programmers."

"I find in Brazil considerable awareness that free software is a social and political issue as well as a practical and economic one," Dr. Stallman said. "The programmers and users that I have met here are very receptive to the ideas of freedom that free software represents."

"Dr. Stallman visited the Brazilian Congress as a guest of Congressperson Walter Pinheiro. Dr. Stallman's visit is indicative of the rising interest in free software in Brazil, which represents the largest growing market for hardware and software in Latin America."

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