September 4, 2004

Professor promotes open source software

A prominent U.S. law professor Lawrence Lessig has called on Taiwan and other Asian countries to join in the worldwide movement in the collaborative sharing of software programs as a means of encouraging technical innovation and fueling the growth of the IT revolution.

Invited as a keynote speaker at the 4th Asia Open Source Software Symposium held in Taipei this week, Lessig said current strict legal interpretation of intellectual property rights in combination with the heavy commercial licensing fees demanded by American corporations have stifled the free-flow of information sharing that spurs innovative ideas and technical advances.


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