Subject: Re: Is Big Blue turning Red? IBM opens SW patents
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 18:40:32 +0900

>>>>> "Marshall" == Marshall W Van Alstyne <Marshall> writes:

Quoting "Wired", if I get that right:

    Marshall> It's an especially interesting development in light of
    Marshall> Gates' recent remarks comparing IP reformers to modern
    Marshall> day communists.

Gates is right, though, and IP reformers should be proud of the label.

Just because Marx made a lot of mistakes and the name "communist" was
usurped by the most organized gang of thugs the world has ever seen
doesn't mean that Marx didn't have a pretty good idea of what the
problem was, and (at least for software) a reasonable idea of what the
solution might be.

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