MIT: RMS on Copyright and Globalization in the Age of Computer NetworksMay 11, 2001, 16:30 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Thorburn)
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Though it starts out with RMS explaining why he wouldn't permit the Forum in which he was speaking to be webcast, the bulk of this transcript deals with what the title says: copyright and globalization, with a nod to Courtney Love, micropayments, the Grateful Dead, and Stephen King.
"Well, what does that mean? Should you be free to copy it and change it? Well, as for changing it, if you buy the microphone, nobody is going to stop you from changing it. And as for copying it, nobody has a microphone copier. Outside of "Star Trek," those things don't exist. Maybe some day there?ll be nanotechnological analyzers and assemblers, and it really will be possible to copy a physical object, and then these issues of whether you're free to do that will start being really important. We'll see agribusiness companies trying to stop people from copying food, and that will become a major political issue, if that technological capability will ever exist. I don?t know if it will; it's just speculation at this point.