Eben Moglen just gave a recipe for prosperity.
Posted Jun 5, 2007 20:31 UTC (Tue) by mariomiy
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
The core point, however, was that the way to build prosperity at any level - from nations to small businesses - is to stand up for freedom. At the business level, that includes using copyleft licensing for software. ... Any business which does not want to provide a free lunch for its competitors, however, should use a license which requires others to give back their changes.
Any country that wishes to build prosperity without bounds to innovation should remove patents and adopt the GPL for all ideas that can improve society.
That is the way to reward creative people: recognize them. It is the fastest way for a country to improve as a whole. Unfortunately, the U.S. and Europe might have a hard time to adjust to this model. It is open for third world countries, and it is a great opportunity for them to catch up, and even surpass.
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