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diff --git a/md/article/frontline-moglen-interview.md b/md/article/frontline-moglen-interview.md @@ -0,0 +1,49 @@ +<!-- pubdate: 20071019 --> +<!-- author: V. Sasi Kumar --> + +# The Spectre of Free Information - Interview with Eben Moglen, Professor of Law and Legal History - FRONTLINE + +Prof. Eben Moglen is Professor of Law and Legal History at the +Columbia University Law School, Founder Director of the Software +Freedom Law Centre and General Counsel for the Free Software +Foundation, Boston. Free Software is software that gives users the +freedom to use on any number of computers, to share with others, to +study and modify and to redistribute the modified +version. Prof. Moglen was involved in developing version 3 of the GNU +General Public Licene (the licence with which most Free Software is +distributed), along with Richard M. Stallman, the founder of the Free +Software Movement. He has had a rather unusual career. At 16, he +helped write the first networked email system. He later worked on +designing programming languages at IBM, but left the company +in 1984. He did a history degree and then a law degree, and ended up +teaching and writing about the roots of intellectual property law. + +A friendly and jovial person, Prof. Moglen has very interesting ideas +that he has expressed through his numerous lectures across the world +and in his writings. During his public speech at Thiruvananthapuram on +Free Software and Free Culture, he said that all patent laws, +including the ones in the US, are archaic. Speaking in New Delhi in +2006, he remarked: "Anything that is worth copying is worth sharing." +He has devised what he calls the Correlative Corollary to Faraday's +Law: take the community, wind the net around it and spin the world, +and you get information flowing through the network. Another +interesting work from him is the dotCommunist Manifesto about which +also he speaks in this interview which was done when Prof. Moglen was +in India in June 2007. He speaks about Free Software, Free Culture and +their economic and political impact in this excerpt from the +interview. + +**Question**: The Free Software movement started in United +States. What is the status of FS there? How popular is FS there? + +**Prof. Moglen**: Well, popular, I think, is a little hard to judge +for two reasons. First because we have people who are using it and +don't know that they are using it. It's inside their enterprises +and/or it's inside their appliances. And they are not aware of +it. Second, we have the people who know that they are using it and who +have purchased the product or downloaded the product without +necessarily accounting for all their copies. So what we can say is +that Free Software is far more popular in the United States than what +the United States is aware. [Read More (archived)][artcl] + +[arctl]: https://web.archive.org/web/20071027165534/http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2420/stories/20071019507610000.htm