Subject: Re: Opportunity lost? Challenge declined!? (LONG. COMPREHENSIVE)
From: kragen@pobox.com
Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 15:28:11 -0400 (EDT)

"Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp> writes:
> >>>>> "Ian" == Ian Lance Taylor <ian@airs.com> writes:
>     Ian> I think most people agree that everybody should have the
>     Ian> right to keep their work proprietary.  It's possible that RMS
>     Ian> in his wilder moments has argued against this.
> 
> Wrong.  :-)  When RMS is at his calmest and most thoughtful, and
> expects his conversation partner to be similarly cool and rational --
> that's when he comes out and point-blank asserts that there _is no
> property right_ in intellectual assets.  Following (IIRC) Proudhon,
> IP, including the copyright that makes the GPL possible, is theft.

It might be more accurate to say Richard is following Thomas Jefferson
in this.  He is certainly no anarchist.

Richard recognizes people's right to keep their modifications to
software private, though.