|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Microsoft threatens to end Free Software.
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On Sat, Jul 27, 2002 at 09:44:44PM -0400, David Sugar wrote:
> Never have I heard such a contemptable statement made in public. I still find
> it hard to believe anyone in any position of responsibility in any cival or
> private instution can believe the freedom of individuals to freely exchange
> information is something that should be extinguished. Many had fought and
> died for this nation to establish and maintain these very freedoms being so
> easily dismissed as incoveniencing the profit of some. Fair use is
> fundimentally about human civilization and our most basic rights and
> dignities as individuals, it is not just an abstract concept or theoretical
> legal construct, but at the very soul of who we are, as human beings, as a
> nation, as a society. These same freedoms and rights, long enjoyed in this
> nation, made it possible for those very same people to initially prosper, and
> now they wish to deny those oppertuntinities to others.
> To say I was upset and angry when I first read this is to put it mildy.
> Certainly as an American, I did sign up for a constitution that promised
> life, liberty, and the persuit of happyness as an equal oppertunity to us
> all. That is a constitution I can believe in and respect, and if nessisary
> die for to protect. I certainly recall seeing no ammendment declaring the
> right of certain businesses to maximize profits in perpetuaty at the expense
> of others. Perhaps there is some other constitution that such people believe
Your spelling is as inaccurate as Ruben's, but your ideas are also as accurate
"The funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk."
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