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Computerworld: Linus Weighs In: GPL No Hippie Dream

Dec 09, 2003, 14:30 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linus Torvalds)

"I was recently sent a copy of SCO CEO Darl McBride's open letter on copyright law. As usual, McBride portrays the Linux community as the enemy of copyright. As always, he gets fundamental facts wrong.

"[The letter's] argument about copyright law is totally specious and fails any sensible test. [It] claims that the U.S. Congress' authority under the U.S. Constitution to 'promote the Progress of Science and the useful arts' inherently includes a profit motive.

"This is an obvious misrepresentation of facts. It's akin to saying that public universities are fundamentally unconstitutional, since they 'promote the Progress of Science' yet they aren't motivated by profit..."

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