russell at flora.ottawa.on.ca
Fri May 11 16:39:54 UTC 2001
I find it interesting that in Free Software discussions we move very
quickly to the areas of philosophy and politics which many outside of our
sub-culture wouldn't believe to be so connected ;-)
On Thu, 10 May 2001, Thomas Uwe Gruettmueller wrote:
> > Draft:
> > This material is hereby released to the public. It is not allowed
> > [...] he too must not [...] It is not allowed [...]
> > It is not allowed [...]
> > Nobody should ever be forced to use this material[...]
> > Modifications on this material should also be released to the
> > public, [...]
> What kind of "license" is that???
It is history repeating itself as humans have done since cave-days.
Those that get too extreme and emotional about one oppressive system
getting militaristic about replacing it to the point that they create a
new oppressive system indistinguishable in intent from the origional.
When I strongly support Free Software (and to extension, support of
CopyLeft concepts against all forms of Statutory Intellectual Monopolies)
I am not fighting for freedom from capitalism, I'm fighting for freedom
from monopolies and people taking away my freedom. A licence that has the
goal to fight the existence of money and commerce will be no more usable
in my life that a licence who's goal is to hoard all the money.
I believe that money (A form of transactional memory - even LETS systems
have forms of currency) and commerce (a form of human communication) are
human necessities, and it is the monopolies and related power that are
being abused that has problems.
Given we don't live in some sort of Star-Trek Utopia where money has
been abolished (Only if you are a 'member' of the federation of course
;-), I believe that making money with Free Software should be understood
as a good thing. Since people have to make money anyway, why not make
money ethically providing Free Software services rather than forcing them
to make money in an alternative (and likely less ethical) way?
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