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If you hear someone say something very apt about free culture or a related topic, please post the quote here! Maybe after a while we could make a nice page out of these, or use them (as inspiration or directly) for an improved introduction.

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Rose Keppler~Moradian wrote:

As I looked up into the sky, I imagined all the information that is surely invisibly flying around and it no longer seemed empty.
Instead it was a painting of words and emotions, numbers and symbols, an entire civilization existing invisible and in transit.

Thanks Rose!

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Did Rose give permissions to

Did Rose give permissions to use that quote on this site (in the introduction, as you suggested)?

Btw, I've got a quote to add. This is written by Pamela Jones from Groklaw and very aptly describes why Free Software matters to her (and why it should matter to others who care about their own rights):

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But the reason I love Linux is the freedom that I feel when I use a GNU/Linux operating system, knowing that it isn't calling home behind my back. It isn't telling me what I can or can't do with my own property. I bought my computer. I don't want to share its control with anybody.

That's from here, where she linked to a further description of that feeling: It's Free as in Freedom, Stupid

The quote is pretty simple, but it's something that just has to be said to help some people understand what does Free Software come down to; controling your own property, your own computer and digital devices. One who somehow thinks that this isn't their inherent right is quite obviously shooting themselves in the foot as such attitude opens the doors to outside control over their own lives.

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Yes we do have permission!

Yes we do have permission!

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Tim Berners-Lee wrote:The
Tim Berners-Lee wrote:

The fact that we're all connected, the fact that we've got this information space, does change the parameters. It changes the way people live and work. It changes things for good and for bad.

But I think in general it's clear that most bad things come from misunderstanding, and communication is generally the way to resolve misunderstandings, and the Web's a form of communications, so it generally should be good, but I think also we have to watch whether we preserve the stability of the world like we don't want to watch this phenomena like the stock market becoming unstable when it became computerized, for example.

EDIT: actually he didn't write it but said it, but drupal puts the word "wrote" there.

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One of my favorite quotes

"I have sworn upon the altar of God,
eternal hostility against every form
of tyranny over the mind of man."
-- Thomas Jefferson

And as far as I am concerned, that is what this is all about. Freedom versus slavery.

Who is going to 'own' the world's knowledge?

We have to fight for freedom. We have to communicate what freedom is and why it is our inalienable right.

I believe 'Copyleft' is an inalienable right, too! And I hope the Free Software Foundation *never* compromises on our rights.

Chuck

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Right on Chuck. It might

Right on Chuck.

It might sound extreme to some people to hear these issues being compared to "freedom vs. slavery", but just because you aren't "enslaved" today does not mean that a wrong course of events can't lead even to such extremes in the future. Wrong should be stopped at its roots, when it's easiest to stop it.

Nice quote.

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another Jefferson quote
<a href="http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Letter_to_Isaac_McPherson_-_August_13%2C_1813">Thomas Jefferson's Letter to Isaac McPherson&mdash;August 13, 1813</a> wrote:

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation.

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Ayn Rand, no really

Ayn Rand in "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" Ch 11.

"Patents and Copyrights are the legal implementation of the base of all property rights: a man's right to the product of his mind"

Nice one Ayn, then employees who have the ideas should get the rights, and I can share my ideas if I see fit, but wait, what if someone else already patented it?
4/10 Got the principle right but fluffed the methodology. Could try harder.

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RMS quote

Richard M Stallman in "Free As In Freedom" ch13:
I've never been able to work out detailed plans of what the future was going to be like. I just said "I'm going to fight. Who knows where I'll get?"

Don't ask me why but Jefferson Airplane's "Don't You Want Somebody To Love" comes into mind whenever rms comes up.

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from Pericles, leader of Athens in its golden age
Pericles wrote:

Make up your minds that happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.

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