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