Bill Gates: The war on copyright communists

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  1. macrumors bot

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    Stella

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    Oh, the Americans obsession with Communism....

    A lot of companies actually benefit from free software which in turn reduces their product prices and overheads. For example, JBoss, Eclipse, OpenOffice, Jakarta products etc to name a few.

    Microsoft find it difficult to compete with open source so they pan it. I'm surprised they haven't attempted to use their influence to get it banned in the states.
     
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    Good article, but not all American Corporations are like M$...look at IBM they withdrew, released 500 or so software patents back into the open source environment just the other day.
     
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    But they are trying to do just that. It was in the news a year or so ago. They are trying to convince Congress so pass some kind of law that will invalidate the GPL license, thinking that Linux will go away as a result.

    Of course, this can't work. The only way to possibly invalidate the GPL would be to forbid someone from giving away software free of charge - which would hurt Microsoft even worse. If you were forced to pay for your web browser, would you choose Internet Explorer, or would you buy from somebody else?

    And imagine the lawsuits when the Free Software Foundation decides to demand payment for all those copies of Emacs that I'm certain their engineers are using. What are they going to do? Complain about it when they wrote the law making such payments mandatory?
     

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