Thursday, July 14, 2005

Jonathan Schwartz: Free Software Has No Pirates

Jonathan Schwartz, president & COO of Sun Microsystems, on Free Software Has No Pirates: "So why on earth would we give our OS away for free? Because it'll ensure those without the economic wherewithal to pay for it will still consider using it. Companies that suffered from piracy a decade ago now know the lesson well - piracy is a good thing so long as the pirates are folks who could never afford your products. So stop calling them pirates, call them users. Free software has no pirates. As I've said forever, there's value in volume, even if you're not paid for it."

(Via Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog.)

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