“The best thing is if you can make some Free Software, the next best thing is if you don’t make any software, and the worst thing is if you make some proprietary software.”
Richard Stallman explains the ethical principles behind the concept of Free Software and the GNU project.
“Wikipedia holds up the dark mirror of what humanity is, to itself.”
At Notacon 3 Jason Scott speaks about Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales design choices and their consequences.
“It began as a moral question. […] But it becomes along the way also a window into the economic organization of the human society in the 21st century.”
Eben Moglen, chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, gives a keynote at the October 2006 Plone conference in Seattle.
“It’s that new diversity of ways of creating information and exchanging it, that characterizes the Network information economy.”
Markus Beckedahl from netzpolitik.org speaks with law professor Yochai Benkler about his book “The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom” and some of his thoughts on the developments and influences of collaborative work and peer production on the net.
“My message to the patent world is: Either get back to the doctrines of forces of nature or face the elimination of your system.”
Hartmut Pilch of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) gives insights into the history of patent law, the theoretical shortcomings of the concept of software patents and their consequences.
“And so they decided – because they could – to write their own world!”
Danese Cooper, board member of the Open Source Initiative, gives a short introduction about the relationship between software companies, software patents and the concept of Open Source.