Webinar: SSCL Annual Lecture given by Professor Eben Moglen, - Edinburgh, 30 June 2010

When Software is In Everything: Future Liability Nightmares Free Software Helps Avoid. A recording of the recent SSCL Annual Lecture

Iain G Mitchell QC, Chair of SSCL

Eben Moglen, Columbia University and Founder of Software Freedom Law Center

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Toyota will be remembered as the beginning, though there were earlier signs everyone missed; soon it will be medical devices, non-automotive as well as automotive transport, utility delivery, and even the building components of our dwellings and offices. Software is in everything, and software failure presents problems of vulnerability and liability about to expand by orders of magnitude in complexity and cost.  Software unfreedom and misuse aggravates the problems immeasurably for both private market participants and government  regulators.  Free software is not merely helpful, but an obligatory part of the solution. 

In this lecture, Professor Eben Moglen explains what's going to happen and how we could still avoid it if we tried.

Speaker: Eben Moglen
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.

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Published: 2010-07-20T09:35:09

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