"Moglen said the 21st century is defined by idea-driven
products -- software, music, art, knowledge -- that have a fixed
cost of development but little cost of copying and distributing.
The cost to the creator of providing those products to the 100th
person is no more than providing the products to the first person,
"In that world, how is it moral to exclude anybody?" he asked.
"There is no other moral side. There is no claim that excluding
people from things is good, that depriving people from knowledge
and culture and technical education and the opportunity to improve
their lives and the world around them is good."
It often appeared as though the speakers were preaching to the
choir, with the crowd made up of many Free Software developers,
students, and some businesspeople. But Stallman and crew were
challenged by some unbelievers during a Q&A session at the end
of the afternoon-long conference, not so much in the form of
philosophical questions, but with practical questions about how
Free Software fits into the real world. Stallman and Stanco even
got into an argument over the importance of Free Software
developers being paid for their efforts. Stanco argued that it's
necessary for developers to be paid to increase the number of Free
Software programs available, while Stallman said the philosophy of
freedom is more important than pay. It's nice if developers can be
paid, he said, but plenty of good Free Software has been developed