Subject: Re: Open letter to those who believe in a right to free software
From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 09:55:44 +0100

On Thu, Nov 11, 1999 at 06:52:22PM -0700, Richard Stallman wrote:
>     Do you really like playing the part of the Pope to my Galileo?
> 
> There is a vague and limited resemblance between the two situations.
> But the aspects of Galileo's situation which lead to our condemnation
> of the pope's behavior are distinctly absent here today.
> 
> Galileo reported observations.  The pope had him put on trial and
> forced him to keep silent.
> 
> By contrast, you are making a model based on certain assumptions, one
> of them being a moral position that I disagree with.  I am saying that
> that this could have bad effects.
> 
> If you were reporting facts, and if I were trying to arrest you, the
> analogy would be valid.

Independently of the topic at hand:

  What we perceive now as facts may have appeared differently at the time.

Bernard

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