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LinuxPlanet: Stallman/Stanco: A Dialogue on Copyright Law and Free/OpenSource Software (Part 2)

Jul 14, 2000, 13:15 (5 Talkback[s])
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"This is the second day of an email dialogue with Richard Stallman on the philosophy of copyright that will be published over nine days on LinuxPlanet. This dialogue arose from comments that RMS was kind enough to give me on a two-part article on software licensing that appeared on LinuxProgramming recently."

"...Let's allow people that disagree to enjoy the dignity of their beliefs. People are allowed to be "wrong." Let's argue with them, but not belittle them. Observers (present and future) of the debate will make up their own minds."

"All law is a matter of opinion. "Law" is what present lawyers/judges say it is, because it is a social construct without objective reality. The Constitution is just words on paper, until it's interpreted by the current legal generation and the interpretation changes to suit their views and prejudices. Also, the current legal generation is never a monolith. It is just majority opinions and dissenting opinions. And at this point, there are more of them than of us. I don't think that there is any point in trying to deny that. In trying to change that, yes, but not deny it."

"At any rate, in an economic era, economic success will convince a lot more people, than arguments anyway."

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