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Upside: "Popular revolt" for freeware?

Apr 09, 2000, 21:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"For Columbia Law School Professor Eben Moglen, the last few months have offered an ideal corollary to Georges Clemenceau's oft-repeated observation: those who know the past may be doomed to repeat it, as well."

"As a legal historian, Moglen's stock in trade is knowing the past and recognizing the historical eddies circulating below the surface. As a free software advocate and general counsel to the Cambridge, Mass.-based Free Software Foundation, however, Moglen has been paddling just as hard as the next person to stay out of the vortex...."

"If 1998 was the year free software, or open-source development, entered the corporate boardroom, and 1999 was the year it seeped into mainstream consumer and investor consciousness, 2000 is already shaping up to be the year free software finally enters the most conservative institution of all: the U.S. legal system."

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