2004-08-31

PaulG

I just love reading Paul Graham's writing. He has a way of articulating a given topic that not only gets my mind racing, but also has me constantly laughing out loud. I brought Hackers and Painters with me to India, and finished Chapter 4 this morning. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available online, but here's a great snippet:
"Data is by definition easy to copy. And the Internet makes copies easy to distribute. So it is no wonder companies are afraid. But, as so often happens, fear has clouded their judgement. The government has responded with draconian laws to protect intellectual property. They probably mean well. But they may not realize that such laws will do more harm than good."

"Why are programmers so violently opposed to these laws? If I were a legislator, I'd be interested in this mystery—for the same reason that, if I were a farmer and suddenly heard a lot of squaking coming from my hen house one night, I'd want to go out and investigate. Hackers are not stupid, and unanimity is very rare in this world. So if they're all squaking, perhaps there is something amiss."

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