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LinuxPlanet: Stallman/Stanco: A Dialogue on Copyright Law and Free/Open Source Software (Part 3)

Jul 17, 2000, 08:07 (7 Talkback[s])
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"This is day 3 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...."

"The lawyers you have spoken with do not decide on the interpretation. They can only advocate one. Courts, and above them the Supreme Court, interpret the law."

"These lawyers have the right to disagree with the US legal system; they can honestly say they think it is wrong. I do that sometimes myself. But if they misrepresent where the system stands, that is lying. These lawyers are lying to you."

"The reason they lie, telling you that copyright is a natural right, is that they profit from spreading falsehoods about the point. Please do not help their lie campaign by saying their views define truth."

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