[Scottish] UPDATED: Eben Moglen public lecture, Edinburgh 26th June

Dan Shearer dan at shearer.org
Thu Jun 21 10:59:07 BST 2007

UPDATED: The Scottish Society for Computers and Law have told me of a
change in venue due to overwhelming demand. You really do need to
register or you will be turned away from both the reception and the
lecture. Many thanks to the SSCL and the legal community for opening
this event to the Scottish IT community.

Come and hear Eben Moglen, lawyer behind the GPL3 and the GPL2 for
nearly 15 years. 


Dan Shearer
dan at shearer.org


              LAW ANNUAL LECTURE 2007

                 EBEN MOGLEN

The Global Software Industry in Transformation: After GPLv3


            Tuesday 26 June 2007
    6.30 p.m. (Reception from 6.00 p.m.)

             Lecture Theatre 175
             Old College
             School of Law
             University of Edinburgh
             South Bridge
             EH8 9YL

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The Society is privileged to welcome as the 2007 lecturer, Professor Eben
Moglen, Professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School
and Chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, New York. 

Professor Moglen's work has inspired a generation of both lawyers and IT
professionals, and the Society is pleased to recognise this by extending the
invitation to the Scottish IT industry.

Free software is irrevocably transforming the global software industry,
challenging not only Microsoft's dominance as a firm, but also the very idea of
software-as-product that characterised the Microsoft Era. Now, with the release
of version 3 of the GNU General Public License after eighteen months of public,
global legislative process, the outlines of the new industrial structure are

In this lecture, Professor Moglen considers how private legislation is
replacing public law as the organising intellectual structure for software and
the technology industries, with far-reaching social consequences and
theoretical implications.

Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software
developers. He earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University
during what he sometimes calls his "long, dark period" in New Haven. After law
school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court
in New York City and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme
Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School ­ and has held visiting
appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of
Virginia since 1987.  In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's
Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society.
Professor Moglen is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before
the United States Supreme Court.

Dan Shearer
dan at shearer.org

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