Subject: Re: Kent, why do you use free software
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 11:22:51 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Thomas Bushnell, BSG
| No, certainly copyleft works together with other forces.  It's not
| sufficient by itself.  By "automatic" I meant that the other forces are
| (usually) sort of omnipresent and not very remarkable in themselves.

  It appears to me that the whole Free Software thing is about making the
  whole world of programmers employees of one giant company.  Because, and
  this probably does not make sense to you with your prefrences and your
  background, a company or group of companies who work together, offer the
  same kind of mutual access and rights that copyleft does for people who
  have no obligiation whatsoever to return anything of value for that
  right.  I consider it much more valuable to grant access in exchange for
  something, not just give it away to any stray comer.  I believe that the
  exchange of values in return increases when the access is something you
  get because of some trust in your ability to contribute to it.  To trust
  everyone to be able to do this is to trust no one.

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.