Posted by: Anonymous
on April 03, 2008 10:17 PM
"I know it sounds funny," he says, "but sometimes the best way to protect freedom is by writing code. We're trying to accomplish the same things [as groups like the FSF], but we're doing it through different means."
It doesn't sound funny. It's actually perfectly normal, and it is good that Open Media Now understands the situation accurately. Do you honestly think the Free Software Foundation started with legal and philosophical aspects? No, the FSF was originally formed in 1985 to fund, sponsor, etc. the free software movement (in effect the GNU Project, which had been established in 1984). It is obvious that the GNU Project has many philosophical goals, but they tried to accomplish these by writing code, and I would say that they are pretty successful, though plenty of issues remain, and the battle is far from over.
Creative Commons was a different story, but I think that it could work with free culture, but not as well with free software.