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Re: `freeing' proprietary software (was Re: [DotGNU]Open Content Network

From: Adam Theo
Subject: Re: `freeing' proprietary software (was Re: [DotGNU]Open Content Network: Free Software P2P)
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 23:38:41 -0400
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Gopal V wrote:
If memory serves me right, Adam Theo wrote:

S11001001 wrote:

As a computer user today, you may find yourself using a proprietary program. If your friend asks to make a copy, it would be wrong to refuse. Cooperation is more important than copyright.
   -- RMS, "Why Software Should Not Have Owners"

Free Software can take over the world, but it will not happen if it is associated with breaking the law. This is the biggest thing I have against RMS, in that he too often encourages this sort of thing.

Actually you seem to have misinterpreted RMS ..... (or maybe I have) ..
What he's saying is "don't buy proprietary and get into this dilemma"..

Ah, ok. If that's what was meant by "wrong to refuse [making a copy of the software]", then I retract my statement completely. I agree that it's best not to get in the situation in the first place. I still seem to have heard some pretty antagonistic things come from RMS, but at least this isn't one of them :-) Thanks Gopal.

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