Richard Stallman - 1984 - Hackers Conference

Richard Stallman - 1984 - Hackers Conference

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I don't think it's a social imperative to give them the most possible profit I think the social imperative is that information is developed should be accessible to everyone as freely as possible if if we look at the principle underlying the incentive principle give people incentives to do the things you wish to encourage and then we say what are we giving people incentives for we see that we're not giving them any incentive to do the thing that benefits society most if a person has a choice he
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can write a program and then encourage everyone to use it in any way that's good for him or he can write the program and then market it according this the plans telling people they're not allowed to share with their neighbor is being very obnoxious and obstructive we see he has an incentive to be obnoxious and obstructive he doesn't have an incentive to cooperate I think that's sick I think that's a bad social organization because we're encouraging most what's not good for us a packer is a person who does
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hacking what hacking is is having the attitude of playful cleverness it doesn't matter just what you're doing you could be writing computer programs writing music sneaking around on the roof of a building where the authorities say people aren't supposed to go or sneaking around abandoned subway tunnels or writing a book you could be playing a peculiar joke on people almost anything you could do if you do it with a spirit of playful cleverness and with intense
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joyous commitment is hacking if I am offered a chance to use a piece of software provided I would agree not to share it with anyone I feel that it would be wrong and it would spiritually hurt me to agree so I don't want them investing in software Yvette's owned and I don't believe that anything is justified to encourage them to invest in software that's owned I think the really great software has been done by hackers who were doing it because they loved it because it was playful cleverness and that will continue in any case I think there are alternative ways
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of arranging for some amount of money to go into paying salaries of people paying them to spend their time writing programs if people want certain kind of programs to be written they can come up with other forms of organization and I can suggest a few but the important thing is there are lots of alternative ways of doing things this one has been chosen because it gets the people investing in software companies the most profits of any of the available ways

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