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Re: [ox-en] Impaired - is it SCO? preliminary thoughts.

On Monday 27 October 2003 13:28, Felix Stalder wrote:
In what sense in this case different?

Maybe in one way how it is differnt to the 92-93 situation is summarised by 
borrowing this quote:

"The ability to modify technology in the 21st century is power," Moglen says. 
"And it either belongs to a few, or to everybody. ... Those who control the 
behavior of technology control lives."-- Eben Moglen, 2003-10-19

The politics of this dispute are much sharper and much more crucial to capital 
than the tiff between USL and Berkerely. This is another reason why I feel 
the optimism of those who say SCO hasn't got a case need to be tempered a 

In the end it is not about little old SCO (although I think this will play a 
role intheir struggle for "freedom" against the Goliath IBM) but whether the 
current sitaution of corporate sovereignty that exists on the globe will let 
itself be undermined by people imposing GPL "restrictions".

As I think I mentioned maybe what is more important in this case is the 
rhetoric and not the law as we knew it in the past. We have seen law been 
thrown out the window internationally for the sake of capital's growth and 
rule. If technologyand property rights are so important why cannot we see a 
"modernisation" of IP law?

"Mind you, I am not asking you to bear witness to what you believe false, 
which would be a sin, but to testify falsely to what you believe true - which 
is a virtuous act because it compensates for lack of proof of something that 
certainly exists or happened."
Bishop Otto to Baudolino


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