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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 4 January 2006 GNUbies Meeting: Richard Stallman on


From: secretary
Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 4 January 2006 GNUbies Meeting: Richard Stallman on What's GNU?: Software and your freedom
Date: 2 Jan 2006 02:04:31 -0500

LXNY is delighted to co-sponsor this meeting with GNUbies.

GNUbies is lead sponsor of this event, and the official GNUbies
announcement is appended.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

Richard Stallman will speak at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 4 January 2006 at

   Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
   Manhattan Village
   16 Cooper Square, two blocks south of Astor Place
   New York, NY 10003

   Room number will be posted at door.

   Subway: Eighth Street stop on the N, R, sometimes W, lines;
   Astor Place on the 6 line; Third Avenue on the crosstown L line;
   Lower EastSide-Second Avenue-Houston Street on the F, V lines
   Note that some of these lines may not be running right.

After RMS's talk, those who want to, will eat and drink and talk more.
We do not know yet where we will eat.  Likely several Pholk will join
us.


There will be working members of New Yorkers for Fair Use at this
meeting.  If you wish to help fight the WIPO Broadcasting Treaty,
which is laughable in the crudity of its assault on our rights of
property and free speech, even for a secret WIPO plot, come to this
meeting.

Here is James Love's brief account of the treaty:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-love/a-unwipo-plan-to-regulat_b_11480.html

The treaty would take away copyright from authors and replace
copyright with a new "netcaster's right", which in practice could only
be held by a few large Infotainment corporations.  In order to provide
these corporations with direct power over the Net, and over the
computer in your house, the treaty would require that all signatory
governments enforce the Broadcast Flag.

We've stopped the Broadcast Flag before

http://www.mccullagh.org/theme/commerce-drm-rountable-july02.html
http://www.nyfairuse.org/action/fcc.flag
http://www.eff.org/IP/Video/HDTV/?f=broadcastflag.html

in several fights in several places, including a court case after the
FCC ignored a thousand individually composed comments against the
Broadcast Flag.  But if the WIPO Broadcasting Treaty is passed we will
have to go court again, so it is best to stop the treaty before WIPO
adopts it.


Useful reading about Free Software:

http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/philosophy.html
http://www.fsf.org
http://www.knoppix.net
http://www.cfsg.org
http://www.gnubies.org
http://www.lxny.org
http://www.nylug.org
http://www.sixgirls.org
http://www.debian.org
http://www.linux.org
http://www.debian.org/ports/hurd
http://www.squeak.org
http://www.freebsd.org
http://www.netbsd.org
http://www.openbsd.org
http://www.oreilly.com/openbook/freedom

Jay Sulzberger <secretary at lxny.org>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
http://www.lxny.org


<blockquote
  what="official GNUbies announcement">

 From: address@hidden
 Reply-To: address@hidden
 Subject: Richard Stallman to speak at GNUbies Jan 4, 2006

 Gnubies is back with a bang!

 The ultimate speaker for GNUbies, the one who started it all, the founder
 of the Free Software movement and the one who led the development of GNU,
 and a speaker everyone should hear will be speaking this coming
 Wednesday, Jan 4, 2006.

 This should be a great meeting and a great talk.  Richard Stallman, aka
 RMS, is always entertaining and inspiring for techies and non-techies
 alike.  Guaranteed to make you think. The details can be found below.

 ~~~~~~~~~~Richard Stallman talk information~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 Who: Richard Stallman
        McArthur Fellow, founder the Free Software movement and GNU
        development leader

 What: What's GNU? Software that respects your freedom.
        A talk described as follows:
        The GNU Operating System (sometimes mistakenly called Linux) was
        developed so people can use computers and keep their freedom.
        This nontechnical talk explains the ethical and social issues of
        Free Software.

 When: Wednesday, January 4, 2006
        at 6:30 pm

 Where: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
        16 Cooper Square
        New York, NY 10003

        The Auditorium (room 106)

 As always the talk is free and open to the public.


 For more details please check the website at
 http://www.gnubies.org
 or
 http://www.eskimo.com/~lo/linux
  
</blockquote>


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