bernhard at intevation.de
Wed Apr 24 00:15:12 UTC 2002
Just for you that do not read LWN on a regular basis,
there are a couple of letter to the current LWN
which contain interesting argumentations
and defend freedom for software:
From: Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org>
Subject: iSCSI and patents
so he argues that a mere
possibility (rather than a likelihood) of a patent problem is not
cause for real alarm. Believe this at your peril! A chance that
patents cover a protocol is like a chance that food has salmonella:
don't find out by eating it!
From: bryanh at giraffe-data.com (Bryan Henderson)
Subject: The right to the fruits of one's ideas
[ Citing the US constitution. ]
It doesn't mean Congress has to
create patents or that anyone has a right to one. In fact, in "for a
limited time," it goes exactly the other way -- preserving the right
of people to sponge off other peoples' work.
From: Kay Hayen <kayhayen at gmx.de>
I agree with that Debian will win in the end. I do not agree
with the reason you seem to give, calling Debian "non-profit".
I do not necessarily think an open system needs to be non-profit.
From: Emile Snyder <esnyder at whitesalmon.net>
Subject: RMS, property, and freedom
the FSF and Mr. Stallman have never argued otherwise. They have
only pointed out the social harm in then punishing the buyer from
giving away copies to his/her friends and neighbors. This is why the
physical/informational distinction is at the crux of the issue. One
may disagree with RMS's analysis of the failings of copyright law,
but it is irresponsible to impugn his position based on specious
analogy to physical property law.
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