"Firstly, outlawing free software in the United States of
America wouldn't really have any effect on the free software
movement, or Microsoft. Free software is developed worldwide in a
collaborative effort, and outlawing it in one single country will
have no long term effect upon the international software market.
Microsoft doesn't only operate in the United States, and would
still have to compete in every other market with free
"In fact, you would have a situation where the American
policymakers would quickly realise that other countries were
running software that simply wasn't available in the United States
- because it was free. In 2 or 3 years, the world would be divided
into those who were reaping the benefits of free software, and
those who were still having their DNS servers compromised (as
Microsoft did some weeks ago)."
"Secondly, the United States would see some of the most
influential software companies in the world leaving their shores -
for countries where innovation is being encouraged and not
legislated against. Companies like IBM, Intel, Compaq and Solaris
are all using free software as part of their competitive
strategies. Can the United States afford to lose these
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