"The 22nd century will say, 'How quaint.' But it was the beginning of... affiliation rather than territorial location or political domination, as the source of legitimacy for legislation. It was the beginning of the idea that cooperative private agreement can substantially oust public law institutions without challenging the legitimacy of the Governments that participated in making the public law. And it provides an escape from the moral dilemma presented by the myth of endlessly acquisitive homo economicus..."

Eben Moglen talks about the GPL, a few days ago at the Scottish Society for Computers and Law annual lecture.

More on the theme of post-copyright economics here, in another of Eben's speeches.

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