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CNN: Open Source Subject to Fiery Debate

Apr 16, 2002, 19:45 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cara Garretson)

"This question and related ones were asked at a conference held last Friday, where panelists discussed the pros and cons of different software licensing models and whether the U.S. government should get involved in the debate.

"The panel was stocked with an economist, a researcher, a professor, and a representative from Microsoft -- all invited to participate by hosts the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Brookings Institution, two organizations that analyze the impact of government regulation on the economy.

"But audience member Richard Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation, nearly stole the panel's thunder as he grabbed a microphone during the question and answer period and attempted to commandeer the conference to address what he described as mischaracterizations the panel made about the free software movement. Stallman had not been invited as a panelist..."

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