SCO Without Fear
The Free Software Foundation
“SCO Without Fear”
Professor Eben Moglen
The Free Software Foundation (FSF)
invites you to a lunch series, “SCO Without Fear”,
with Professor Eben
Moglen, Board Member and General Counsel to FSF. During the
series, Prof. Moglen will discuss the SCO Group vs IBM lawsuit and the
implications for the development and use of Free Software of both this
lawsuit and SCO's attacks on the GNU
General Public License (GNU GPL). The two day lunch series, on
January 20 and 21, will be at Columbia University in New York.
On January 20, Professor Moglen will describe the legal history of
the free software movement from its beginnings in the mind of Richard
Stallman to its current industry-transforming prominence. His talk
will show how the GNU GPL and other legal measures invented by FSF
proved to be strong enough to bring IBM, HP and other giants of the IT
industry to a full appreciation of free software's technical and
commercial value. He will then outline the threat SCO's lawsuit
against IBM poses to the legal infrastructure of free software.
On January 21, we will continue the conversation with Professor
Moglen. He will lay out the strategy of the free software community,
which he has been central in developing, to defeat SCO's phantom case.
Also, he will talk about why he thinks users of free software have
nothing to fear from SCO, their team of lawyers and their $60 million
war chest. All the SCO lawyers and all of SCO's money will not be
able to blow down the house of GNU/Linux built on the foundation of
the GNU GPL. Professor Moglen will in addition discuss the
Foundation's plans to strengthen the legal infrastructure in the
aftermath of the inevitable collapse of SCO's lawsuit, including some
discussion of the future of the GPL.
The fee for the two day series is $250 or $150 for one day. Lunch
is included. People who have registered for
the Free Software
Licensing and the GNU GPL Seminars at Columbia Law School on
January 20 and 21, do not have to pay for the lunch series for the
day(s) they are attending the seminar(s). The cost of the lunch
series is included in the seminar registration.
FSF Associate Members
and Corporate Patrons receive a
Eben Moglen is
Professor of Law and Legal History at the Columbia Law School, where
he has taught since 1987. He clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the
United State District Court for the Southern District of New York and
for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.
Before and during law school he was a designer and implementer of
advanced computer programming languages at IBM's Santa Teresa
Laboratory and Thomas J. Watson Research Center. His principal areas
of interest are Anglo American legal history, constitutional law,
computers and free expression, and intellectual property. Since 1993,
he has served as pro bono General Counsel for the Foundation and has
served on its board since July 2000.
The Free Software Foundation
founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to
use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. 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. FSF also
helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of
freedom in the use of software.
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