Freedom or Copyright? - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Stefan Meretz stefan.meretz at
Mon Feb 11 21:46:53 UTC 2008

On 2008-02-11 20:11, Matthias-Christian Ott wrote:
> > It means that successful competition is reached by cooperation. The
> > competition is not won on the old field, but by opening a new
> > field. Example: Encyclopedia Britannica was out-cooperated by
> > Wikipedia, not by competiting on the old proprietary field, but by
> > opening a new field of free cooperation. And of course: Free
> > software is on the way of out-cooperating proprietary software.
> But this requires people who believe in Free Software and Wikipedia.
> However it will lead to parallel existence of two systems and the
> more authoritarian system which will dominate by force will win. This
> force could be law.
> Thus we have to fight back. The GNU GPL is such weapon, more
> specifically a powerful virus which will infiltrate the copyright
> system and finally let it collapse.

GPL is a defensive means, not an end in itself, our strength comes from 
cooperation. When exclusion by copyright goes, then GPL will go too. 


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