Richard Stallman – What is free software?

I came across this video of Richard Stallman talking about free software while I was writing for an essay on copyright and intellectual property. I transcribed it and used part of it in my essay. As I find it very interesting I decided to share share the transcription with you! Free software means software that respects the users freedom. There are four essential freedoms that the user of software should always have. Freedom zero is the freedom to run the programme however you wish. Freedom one is the freedom to study the source code of the programme and change it … Continue reading Richard Stallman – What is free software?

Copyright and intellectual property

Intellectual property – Copyright history If you own an object, that object is physically your property and you can do what ever you wish with the object. If you have an idea, that idea is a product of your mind. Even thought that product is not physical, you still own it. Copyright is one way you can protect ownership of your ideas. By definition, copyright is the set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. These rights can be licensed, transferred and/or assigned. One … Continue reading Copyright and intellectual property

Literature review for an oral history project

The project was inspired by Howard Zinn and Studs Terkel, two American historians with unique approaches to the subject. A People’s History of the United States is by Zinn, and Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression is by Terkel. In his book, Zinn presents the history from the common people’s point of view. Most historians tend to write about history in a general sense, and less about how the history impacted on individual lives. In his introduction, Zinn says: “When I began work, five years ago, on what would become the present volume, Voices of a People’s … Continue reading Literature review for an oral history project

What future holds for our children? – cuts on children services

After the global financial crisis and downturn, the UK budget deficit became the focus of the main political party leaders in their campaigns in the 2009-10 general elections. No matter which party was to win, all candidates said increased taxes and spending cuts would be inevitable to fill the gap. In June 2010 chancellor George Osborne announced his strategy to balance the books with a £40 billion emergency tax increase and spending cuts. The concern for many people are the government’s priorities in cuts of services and tax increases. Family Action found out that unemployed and low-income families are in … Continue reading What future holds for our children? – cuts on children services