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It’s Back to Communism

Filed under: Free Software January 6, 2005 @ 6:24 pm

As nearly everyone has pointed out, Bill Gates is telling the world that Intellectual Property moderates are, in fact, communists.

This type of craziness isn’t new, not even for Microsoft. Way back in 2000, I wrote about how free software is, in fact, pro-capitalism. Then, after an MS executive first employed the “Communist” name-calling in 2001, I wrote an April Fool’s press release for my company at the time, OpenForce. It’s fun to look back at these and realize that BillG hasn’t moved past the arguments many made fun of more than 3 years ago.

It’s only a matter of time before BillG joins the MPAA in using the term “IP terrorist.”

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