Eduardo Robles Elvira edulix at
Wed Apr 30 13:50:40 UTC 2008

El Miércoles 30 Abril 2008, Derek Broughton escribió:
> Perhaps not, but I find it distressing - and blame OSS for part of it -
> that people consider it perfectly alright to steal somebody else's
> intellectual property without a second thought.  What you did is theft.
>  Citing it doesn't make it right.  Unfortunately, we're all so used to
> freely sharing software and documentation - legally - that many people
> can't differentiate between what they can copy and what they can't.

It's NOT theft. I'll let Thomas Jefferson explain it for you:

"If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of 
exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, 
which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to 
himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession 
of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar 
character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other 
possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives 
instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at 
mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread 
from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of 
man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and 
benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible 
over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the 
air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of 
confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be 
a subject of property." - Thomas Jefferson

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress
depends on the unreasonable man." (George Bernard Shaw)
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