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Property and Ownership in the Information Age

By techt in News
Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 10:30:28 AM EST
Tags: Freedom (all tags)
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As seen on Cryptome.org. Professor Eben Moglen has authored a paper entitled "Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright". Topics touched include the increasing rate of migration from physical products to digital products, the inappropriate application of physical ownership rules to digital products, the ambiguity of digital products, source code as literature or art, GNU/Linux, and more.


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Property and Ownership in the Information Age | 5 comments (5 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Fascinating. Someone else who know... (none / 0) (#1)
by Inoshiro on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 12:09:28 AM EST

Inoshiro voted 1 on this story.

Fascinating. Someone else who knows the meaning of the word ambigous ;-)

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Re: Fascinating. Someone else who know... (none / 0) (#4)
by rusty on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 11:05:35 AM EST

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Hmmm. "Ambigous" actually isn't a word. Maybe you were thinking of "ambiguous?" :-)
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He's a cool writer with an even coo... (none / 0) (#2)
by bobsquatch on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 05:52:40 AM EST

bobsquatch voted 1 on this story.

He's a cool writer with an even cooler name.

Eben eben eben eben eben... much better than Bob.

This article was sooooo damn good..... (none / 0) (#3)
by locutus074 on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 06:29:34 AM EST

locutus074 voted 1 on this story.

This article was sooooo damn good.... I wish I could vote +2 (or more) on it. It's a good introduction for the non-technical person, with enough meat on it for a techie as well.
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Re: Property and Ownership in the Information Age (none / 0) (#5)
by analog on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 07:27:00 PM EST

A lot of good thoughts here, although the writing style is a little unfortunate. Although, considering the original audience consisted of lawyers... personally, I prefer to digest the verbal representation of fundamentally abstract concepts unencumbered by the obfuscation of excess verbosity. ;)

I particularly like that he put a fork in the 'gift culture' concept. With all due respect to ESR, that falls apart with even a cursory look at how the whole 'free software' movement works. OTOH, if memory serves (I haven't read CatB for some time), ESR also put forward the idea of 'enlightened self interest', which I think hits the nail on the head. I think it all can be encapsulated in something Linus said once when asked why he does it: "I just want software that doesn't suck".

I have thought for quite some time that for commodity operating systems at least, the open development model was the way of the future. It's the only way that makes sense if your goal is anything other than customer lock-in. A closed development model benefits only the writer of the system; an open system benefits literally everybody else. That all commodity OSes (there will always be niches for specialized proprietary systems) will eventually be done that way is, IMHO, inevitable.

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