Contributed by grey on from the supporting the cause dept.
When Richard Stallman learned that a compiler architect from ATI would be speaking at MIT, he immediately started organizing a protest against ATI's damaging free software policies.
The assistant to the faculty member in charge of organizing the event came over and asked Richard to stand outside the room, away from the people gathering for the speech. He, of course, refused to leave as it was his right as a member of the public (and even more his right as someone with an office in that very same building!) to be there. He informed her that he had no intention of disrupting the speech with his voice. The sign, he said, was loud only visually and would not disturb anyone listening to the speech.
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