Re: comment wrt. ESR's talk in Vienna

Autor: Karin Kosina (
Datum: Sam Jul 13 2002 - 19:40:17 CEST

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                                       "Shall I think of honour as lies
                                      or lament it's aged slow demise?"
                                                          -- VNV Nation

+----- Eric S. Raymond -- Sat, Jul 13, 2002 at 12:25:49PM -0400 ----
| Nor, I think, would a hacker be likely to cite copyright law as a
| reason for not changing attributions. Hackers behave as though their
| concern about giving proper credit is moral (based on a conception of
| right behavior), not legalistic (based on a reluctance to violate the
| law).

Ah well, it just crossed my mind -- I'm at the moment cramming for my
finals, and I am minoring in computer- and internet-related law.

I also think that "moral" reasons are the real cause, but I still have
doubts about your gift culture theory. Not stealing somebody else's work
is anyway a question of basic honour. People had this principles long
before they mutated into homo computensis, and I hope they will keep
it for a while.

- --
Karin Kosina (vka kyrah)

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