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What Open Source Can Learn From Steve Jobs, Part 2

“Once you are in that situation, you should choose the lesser
evil. The lesser evil is to give your friend a copy and violate the
licence of the program.

“Whereas the developer of the program has deliberately attacked
the social solidarity of your community. Deliberately tried to
separate you from everyone else in the World. So if you can’t help
doing wrong in some direction or other, better to aim the wrong at
somebody who deserves it, who has done something wrong, rather than
at somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong.

“This is the same childish ‘stick it to da man!’ rationalization
that kids use to justify everything from pirating music and movies
to carjacking and robbing convenience stores. It’s also an
admission that you can’t compete on either technical merit or
execution.”


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