Freedom and Greed

Jason Edwards jtanium at
Tue Jan 22 13:18:27 MST 2008

Yeah, I suck, that didn't come off the way I wanted it to sound at
all, and obviously wasn't well thought out.

I see how radical that thought is now.

But, I don't quite see how what I said puts me "one step away from
arguing that I should be forced to work to feed you."  I'm obviously
slow, can you please enlighten me?

Also, I fully support the original idea of a copyrights, namely, to
further the arts and sciences while making sure that you are credited
for your work.


On Jan 22, 2008 12:47 PM, Stuart Jansen <sjansen at> wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-01-22 at 12:18 -0700, Jason Edwards wrote:
> > For me, closed-source software is morally wrong because it's built on
> > top of other people's ideas.
> Just like making a living writing books is morally wrong because there
> are only seven stories[1] and photocopiers fundamentally alter the
> economics of publishing. Just like making a living writing music is
> morally wrong because it's just a rearrangement of previously discovered
> musical notes. Just liking licensing your software under the GPL is
> morally wrong because copyright is morally wrong and the GPL depends on
> copyright.
> > You don't have to agree with it, but hopefully you can understand why
> > many Free Software advocates feel the way they do.
> Whoa, careful there bucko. You've been drinking too much of the
> kool-aid, or ignoring too many of the details. It's possible to be
> opposed to software patents without being opposed to copyright. The act
> of creating knowledge inherently depends on the discoveries of others.
> That's what the "shoulders of giants" quote is about. The act of
> creating physical artifacts is fundamentally different. You're one step
> away from arguing that I should be forced to work to feed you.
> It's one thing to argue, now that we know about linked lists we should
> all be allowed to use them. It's a completely different to argue that
> because we know how to write linked lists I should have to write them
> for you.
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