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Eben Moglen’s Plone Keynote – ‘Software and Community’

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Below is a Youtube video of Eben Moglen's keynote speech at the 2006 Plone conference in Seattle (Oct 25-27).  Professor Mogeln is a professor of law and history of law at Columbia University, serves pro bono as General Counsel for the Free Software Foundation, and is the Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center.

Dale's Comment: Listening to this was my first introduction to Professor Moglen's ideas. I don't exactly know what to make of this speech. With the flair of an elequoent Baptist preacher he advocates on behalf of the free software movement. The speech has many interesting and compelling points.

But, my goodness, this substance of his speech seems to be, Open Source – all good, Closed Source – all bad, all the time. To my mind there is a place for both. Contrary to the underlying sentiment of this talk, I believe capitalism and software-for-profit is critical to global development and advancement. Open Source software is also, obviously, very beneficial to the world. Both have their place and importance.

Perhaps I haven't had enough exposure to Professor Mogeln yet. But while interesting, I found his talk, effectively dissing closed source software and its creators, eerily discomforting.

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  • PatrickN

    Very interesting article and great video. I have not known that Eben Moglen serves pro bono as General Counsel for the Free Software Foundation, and he is the Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center. It was really interesting to listen the speech of such respectable person. Thanks a lot for the great post.

    Sincerely,

    Nick Materson from software development

  • Missouri

    Very interesting article and great video. I have not known that Eben Moglen serves pro bono as General Counsel for the Free Software Foundation, and he is the Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center. It was really interesting to listen the speech of such respectable person. Thanks a lot for the great post. nnSincerely, nnNick Materson from software developmentn