Soundbites on free software business and culture

The idea that making free software is not a business model for an individual who is a talented programmer is not, I think, compatible with current data.

Eben Moglen, Part 2 of an interview from 2007 (part one here)

Microsoft still maintains strongly the view that its business model, which depends upon concealing source code from users, is a viable and important and necessary model. And as long as a company that sells a billion dollars a week in software is fundamentally still trying to [fight] the free way of doing things, Microsoft remains a very dangerous party. But Microsoft, too, has now fundamentally recognized that there is not another generation left in the proprietary software idea and [it is] trying to move to a world in which it can leverage the remaining value of its monopoly in a world of mixed free and unfree code. As Microsoft begins to move itself away from being the primary partisan of unfreedom, the second most important partisans of unfreedom slot into place and they are the owners of culture, the Disneys and the other major movie studios who have a great deal of image-making authority in the world — and a great deal to lose from the obliteration of their distribution mechanisms.

Eben Moglen, computerworld interview, 2007

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