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Talk focuses on software licensing and policy

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, 4:30 p.m. 300 Wallace Hall

A lecture titled "Legislation by Software License: Is It Time to Click 'Disagree'?" is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in 300 Wallace Hall.

The talk will be given by Douglas Phillips, a 1997 Princeton alumnus and the author of "The Software License Unveiled: How Legislation by License Controls Software Access." In his book, Phillips suggests that, although users have little choice but to accept software licenses, policymakers should reconsider whether opaque and largely unread license terms should control distribution of software and other digital works.

Phillips is vice president and general counsel of Promontory Interfinancial Network, which operates a software-based deposit placement network that includes more than one-third of the nation's banks.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Policy.

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