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Subject: [Freed-managers] Talk by RMS: Copyright v/s community in the
age of computer networks
Date: Thursday 18 Dec 2008
From: "Andrew Lynn" <lynn.andrew(a)gmail.com>
Welcome to life at 10,000,000,000 bits per second! India is establishing
a National Knowledge Network, with a backbone in multiples of Gbps. The
initial phase would be implemented in the next few weeks, with JNU being
connected at 1Gbps. While the technical details of the project have
been put in place, it is of importance to look at content and
applications, and the rights behind these.
We are honoured that Richard Stallman, of the Free Software Foundation
would deliver a talk on
"Copyright v/s community in the age of computer networks"
at the School of Life Sciences Auditorium,
Jawaharlal Nehru University
TIme: 6:00 pm
Date; Friday, 19th December, 2008
R.S. Mani, a Senior Technical Director with the National Informatics
Center would introduce the National Knowledge Network prior to the
<GPLv2> I know my rights; I want my phone call!
<DRM> What use is a phone call, if you are unable to speak?
(as seen on /.)
Join The DRM Elimination Crew Now!
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From: Manjusha Joshi <msj(a)bprim.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 5:18 PM
Subject: [FOSS-in-Science] Scilab is now a 100% free software
Following link says about scilab license:
License changed to CeCILL (fully compatible with the GPL v2)
More information about the CeCILL
Therefore, Scilab is now a 100% free software.
FOSS-in-Science mailing list
Any responsible politician should be encouraging a home grown Free
Software industry because it creates the basis for future jobs.
Learning Windows is like learning to eat every meal at McDonalds.
> Hope you are fine.My name is sai.I have few queries
> redarding GPL / LGPL Licencings.
1.First of all what is the diffrence between FSF and Open source.Are both
same or diffrent?
2.Who is responcible for GPL / LGPL Licencing?
3.If i want my project to get GPL / LGPL Licencing should i apply for open
source or fsf people.
Please Reply ASAP.
It's really heartening to see that the ideology promolgated by FSF is
finding more supporters within the CPI(M). As it was mentioned in one
regional mailing list, a meeting was organized for the leftist Free Software
Users in Kerala at Cochin today. I'm ccing this mail to Mr. Anil, who was
instrumental in the realization of this event. Can we have some updates on
this meeting sir? Any commitments/promises from the party? Please update.
M$ trying all tricks
"Bangalore, December 17, 2008: Microsoft India today unveiled Microsoft
BizSpark - a global program designed to accelerate the success of IT
entrepreneurs through software support and a vibrant ecosystem - in the
country. BizSpark will provide Indian startups with software, support
and visibility at a time in the lifecycle when they are most valuable
and least affordable - during their first three years, with no upfront
costs and minimal requirements. Microsoft BizSpark is structured to help
startups take advantage of the resources and support of a global network
of hundreds of organizations: economic development agencies, university
incubators, hosters and investors. In India, the network partners
include The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), NEN, Proto, NASSCOM; as well as
venture capitalists IDG, who will facilitate access to technology and
provide guidance, mentorship and resources. In addition, VCs Draper
Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), Helion Venture Partners, Accel Partners, and
others, support the initiative. This is the first time that an entire
ecosystem of stakeholders is coming together with Microsoft to enable a
vibrant startup ecosystem in India. "
Here is the report on Eben Moglen's speech at the event organized by Kannada
Professor Eben Moglen, professor of law and legal history
at Columbia University and is the founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of
Software Freedom Law Center, spoke on the topic free software in new media
on last Saturday 13th December at the Institute of Agricultural
technologists, Bangalore. There was an audience of around 80 people. Apart
from Professor Eben Moglan, Jayakumar from Kannada bloggers and HP Nadig
from sampada.net also spoke at the event.
Here are the excerpts from Eben Moglen's speech:
*The free software and the emerging new media is reducing the significance
of the conventional media where the communication was only one way. Wikis
are allowing people to share and collaborate knowledge and thus allowing
interaction and direct communication. Eben explained how he use Wiki to
teach students and the way it improves the interaction between students and
teachers and how it helps to improve teaching. It is emerging as an
alternative to the traditional examination system. He also explained an
instance where the Wiki helped a researcher from Europe to collaborate with
students in Columbia University. *
*He quoted the Wikipedia model where people write content and collaborate to
improve it rather than the traditional model where the editors had a
significant role in choosing the content. In the Wikipedia way, people
collectively acts as watch dogs to check the accuracy of content. *
*While talking about blogs, Eben said that blogs provide a platform for
users and freedom to express. When bloggers express and share the knowledge
they gained through vast reading and research through blogs, it benefits the
society in a significant way.
*He also added that the w3c consortium is working on including audio and
video files in HTML 5.0 in such a way that a user can use them using a
browser without downloading any plug-ins. You would be able to include
multimedia files just using HTML tags like <audio> and <video>. He
emphasized that the major obstruction to this was not the difficulty in
using or developing the technology, but the patents and the copyrights which
were making it hard to include those new advancements. *
The major obstruction was the proprietary use of multi media codecs.Once
codecs are available, it will revolutionize the way video is transmitted
through the web. Then we don't need television as people will express
content through multi media and everyone will be able to watch and listen to
the content without any plug-ins. The free software and the new media is
putting every one in the drivers seat from the position of mere spectators
*After the event, Eben Moglen interacted with the audience and clarified
While answering the questions about the significance of free software Eben
Moglen emphasized that profit is not the only human tendency. There are also
other tendencies like sharing and collaboration that helped human beings to
emerge as a society. The tendency to help is one of the basic natures of
human beings. There are a lot of instances in everyday life where we help
someone without expecting anything. Free software helps us to make a better