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LinuxWorld: Reverse-engineering the GNU Public Virus

Sep 18, 1999, 01:11 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stig Hackvän)

"During the past decade or so, the line between software artists and publishers pretty much disappeared as the two groups fused into one. The open source revolution has brought that distinction back into focus recently, and now the line between artists and consumers is blurring."

"That revolution has highlighted the extent to which the artificial monopolies of copyrights and patents can suppress creative output as well as foster it. Aggressively enforced copyrights and patents overstep their stated objectives of stimulating artistic endeavor and become a socially harmful means of control. The open source community is giving a loud and clear signal to software publishers that the heyday of market dominance through closed software and proprietary standards lock-in is ending."

"Intellectual property, however, isn't going away yet -- and we probably shouldn't be trying to kill it, either."

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