September 18, 2002

Thursday in New York: FSF benefit dinner with Eben Moglen

We invite all to attend a fund-raising dinner for the Free Software
Foundation (FSF) with Eben Moglen, Board Member and General Counsel of FSF
and Professor of Law & Legal History at Columbia Law School. Professor
Moglen will discuss the current serious threats to software freedom,
including The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, and the
proposed Consumer Broadband and Digital TV Promotion Act (CBDTPA). These
legislative measures and the policies embodied in the many proposed
Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes and the (so-called) Trusted
Computing platforms comprise an unprecedented attack on the rights not
only of software authors, but also of every user of electronic devices in
the USA. Professor Moglen's presentation will be followed by an informal
discussion on these and other related issues.

This intimate dinner will be hosted by Ada Core Technologies and
ACT/Europe, at Robert Dewar's Manhattan home off Union Square. Professor
Dewar is the CEO and President of Ada Core Technologies.

The dinner will be at 6pm, on Thursday, September 19, 2002. In order to
create an intimate environment, we plan to keep the number of attendees
low; space is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by
writing to Ravi Khanna, Director of Communications for FSF, at
ravi@fsf.org or call him at +1-617-620-9640.

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.

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.

Ravi Khanna

Director of Communication
Free Software Foundation
E-mail: ravi@fsf.org

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