[rumori] excellent interview with Eben Moglen

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Sat Dec 23 2000 - 17:11:01 PST

General counsel of the Free Software Foundation, interviewed
extensively. Very good read, lots of great ideas concerning
the future of copyright, free software, culture, encryption,
etc. Moglen is a bit too extremist ( and hence too
optimistic) about a few things, IMHO, but that doesn't ruin
the validity of the rest of his arguments.


One of the most interesting points is the observation that
encryption is both a tool for enforcing privacy ("good") and
a tool for enforcing intellectual property ("bad").

I'm just thinking out loud here, but this
makes for some rather too-neat philosophical circle-closing,
perhaps. John Locke's writings on property rights are
oft-quoted and serve as part of the foundation for modern
i.p., and he starts out with the basic right that everyone
owns their own person, extending that out to justify
private property. So, here's the homework problem to ponder
over the holidays: What exactly is the relation between
the private and the owned? Related question: What are the
various meanings of the word "belong"?

happy happy,


Steev Hise, Wannabe Has-Been
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