Luis Villa's Blog

Tue, 04 Jan 2005


Just wrapped up listening to an hour long NPR show featuring Lawrence Lessig. Informative piece for 'newbies' but nothing particularly insightful for people who have followed him for a while- there is a Real stream in the link for listening.

The last call-in question he took was well done: a caller who was apparently a musician, and was strongly opposed to giving her stuff away for free. Lessig jumped right in and strongly said 'I'm here to give choice- if you don't want to give your stuff away, you don't have to. I'm not at all opposed to that, if that model works for you.' I strongly agree with Lessig here, and I think this probably encapsulates my biggest disagreement with the doctrinal RMS/FSF position on free software. I believe strongly there is a fundamental right to write and use Free software (which implies a right to reverse engineer and a moral requirement for open standards) and I would find it fairly distasteful (and/or boring) to work on non-Free software personally. But I don't believe that writing proprietary software is something that is immoral or should be restricted/prohibited, and I can't get particularly worked up about the GPL/LGPL distinction.

Slightly related: Lessig is a good FSF board member; he corrected the use of 'Open Source' and used GNU/Linux.