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Byte.com: Microsoft vs. Innovation, AMD vs. Intel [Jerry Pournelle on Allchin and Stallman]

Mar 24, 2001, 15:00 (25 Talkback[s])
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"The whole notion of intellectual property and rights of creators is in turmoil. Richard Stallman, who proposed and champions the GPL rules, has one view , which essentially abolishes intellectual-property rights in software in favor of open sources. That view is not shared by everyone, including many who otherwise admire Stallman and his work in developing GNU. Allchin clearly has another, and if one reads what he said as opposed to what most of his detractors imagined that he said, it's quite valid. He may be wrong, but on this issue he's certainly not nuts."

"I suspect it will take years to resolve the issues of intellectual property in software, particularly with regard to software developed at universities and under government contracts. The matter isn't simple, and the slashdot sloganeers aren't helping the matter much by sensationalizing any attempt to discuss the matter. Fie upon them."

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