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ZDNet: Interview: GNU guru Richard Stallman

Mar 13, 2000, 22:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

"With the proposed Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA) threatening the free-software movement, ZDNet News Senior Editor Robert Lemos caught up with Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation, in India."

"ZDNet: What will be the effect of UCITA on the free software movement?"

"Stallman: UCITA would make it harder for us to avoid liability for bugs that turn up in the free software we develop -- while giving proprietary software developers a very easy way to avoid all liability for their products, even for faults that they know about in advance. This is grossly unfair."

"UCITA would also give proprietary software developers a way to prohibit reverse engineering. They could then promulgate secret formats for distributing and storing data and stop us from implementing free software to handle those formats. We would be unable to provide you with software to access your own data."

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