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Fairfax IT: Piracy fades in the land of the free

Jul 20, 1999, 02:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

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"A CABAL of techno-prophets envision a world, perhaps inhabited by our grandchildren, where software piracy almost does not exist. It wasn't brought about by tighter laws, better international enforcement procedures, or more punitive detention sentences. The human race didn't get less corrupt, it just became more moral."

"How do you steal free software?" Linux heavyweight Jon "Mad Dog" Hall asks a packed auditorium of 250 users."

"Hall is chief executive of Linux International..."

"Free software was a concept pioneered by Richard Stallman in the early 1980s, while working as a programmer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"He went on to form the Free Software Foundation..."

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