Subject: Re: Brett Glass on MS/GPL
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 11:29:54 -0700
Sun, 6 May 2001 11:29:54 -0700
on Sun, May 06, 2001 at 07:19:18AM -0400, Jonathan S. Shapiro ( wrote:
> [Original note posted on Farber's "interesting people" list]
> [Brett Glass wrote:]
> > > Microsoft is not arguing against the sharing or giving
> > > away of code, but rather against the GPL, which is intended
> > > to turn shared code into a weapon against the interests of
> > > legitimate software businesses and even the programmers who
> > > wrote it.
> As opposed to, say, predatory and monopolistic licensing practices, which
> are supposed to turn unshared money into a weapon against the interests of
> legitemate software businesses, programmers, and the population at large.
> Or as opposed to, say, manipulating market perceptions by releasing
> low-function products in a competitor's area in order to lower the share
> price of the competitor as a first step to acquisition, using sheer size as
> a weapon against everyone and cheating the shareholders of the acquired
> company in the process.
> Clearly I don't agree with Brett about GPL, but whatever our respective
> views of open source may be, his defense of Microsoft on these grounds
> demands loud objections.

Brett's translogical opposition to the GPL is stuff of legends.

Karsten M. Self <>
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