Freedom and Greed

Jason Edwards jtanium at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 13:35:04 MST 2008


Extremes?  Cluelessness is more like it...

On Jan 22, 2008 1:27 PM, William Attwood <wattwood at gmail.com> wrote:
> Looks like we're enjoying all types of extremes today, aren't we?  Shall we
> take it a step further, saying you shouldn't be allowed to do anything since
> it's building on someone else's ideas?  Should we ban our society building
> blocks and have everyone start from scratch?  I'm sure everyone inventing
> the wheel and finding fire would be a great use of time.
>
> Let us jump back to software, and avoid morals and ethics; both of which are
> relative.
>
> Where's the first thread? I do believe I deleted it. ;)
>
> -Will
>
>
> On Jan 22, 2008 1:12 PM, Mister E <Mister.Ed at agoracart.com> wrote:
>
> > Stuart Jansen 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.
> > >
> >
> > sounds like a bunch of academic mumbo jumbo from pocketbook
> > philosophers.  By the same concepts expressed in this thread, it's
> > morally wrong to debate the subject because it's using thoughts already
> > expressed in some form or another by other people..  It's morally wrong
> > to communicate such mumbo jumbo using communication methods previously
> > discovered :)
> >
> > Mister Ed
> >
> >
> >
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