Freedom and Greed

William Attwood wattwood at
Tue Jan 22 13:27:55 MST 2008

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

Where's the first thread? I do believe I deleted it. ;)


On Jan 22, 2008 1:12 PM, Mister E <Mister.Ed at> 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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