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It's Official Folks
Alex Steffen, 5 Jan 05

The latest hype-driven assault against the Tech Bloom has begun, dressed in a sort of modern-day red hunt retro look: Bill Gates compares free culture advocates to Communists:

Q: "In recent years, there's been a lot of people clamoring to reform and restrict intellectual-property rights. It started out with just a few people, but now there are a bunch of advocates saying, 'We've got to look at patents, we've got to look at copyrights.' What's driving this, and do you think intellectual-property laws need to be reformed?"

A: "No, I'd say that of the world's economies, there's more that believe in intellectual property today than ever. There are fewer communists in the world today than there were. There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises."

Puh-leeze.

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What is he talking about? Does he seriously believe this or is this bad copy from an expensive speechwriter? Eeew...

Blind man ahoy! Splank'im!

Once Ted Nelson's idea gets a window out of it's dungeons, the Bill Gates of the world will have to shut forever.

Transcopyright is the future, friends!


Posted by: Rohit Gupta on 6 Jan 05

I just find the whole "Freedom = Oppression" nonsense funny at this point. Inspired by seeing this on BoingBoing, I took the Commie Copyleft flag and photoshopped it a little (adding some decorative stars and a caption) to make it suitable for use as an icon on sites like Livejournal.

Feel free to use and modify as you wish.

The icon.


Posted by: Mark on 6 Jan 05

There is an old tounge in cheek argument that the kid that bashes car windows while his neighbors sleep is a good thing for the economy. He creates business for the window repair people, jobs are created, GDP goes up, everybody wins? Obviously that's not the case but that appears to be the logic Gates is using. In fact, he's been breaking Windows for nearly two decades.


Posted by: Kirk on 6 Jan 05



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