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 Stances on free software
Moglen says that free software is a fundamental requirement for a democratic and free society in which we are surrounded by and dependent upon technical devices. Only if controlling these devices is open to all via free software, can we balance power equally.
Moglen's Metaphorical Corollary to Faraday's Law is the idea that the information appearance and flow between the human minds connected via the Internet works like induction. Hence Moglen's phrase "Resist the resistance!" (i.e. remove anything that inhibits the flow of information).
 Statements and perspectives
While speaking in New Delhi, India, in 2006, he remarked: "Anything that is worth copying is worth sharing." His other quotes: "The more we give away, the richer we become." And: "Note how even the smallest encounter with Free Software can make a man cheerful about the future of our judge" (said after hearing a judge of the Allahabad high court, India speak on the subject).
Moglen believes the idea of proprietary software is as ludicrous as having "proprietary mathematics" or "proprietary geometry". This would convert the subjects from "something you can learn" into "something you must buy", he has argued. He points out that software is among the "things which can be copied infinitely over and over again, without any further costs".
Moglen has criticized what he calls the "reification of selfishness". He has said, "A world full of computers which you can't understand, can't fix and can't use [because it is controlled by inaccessible proprietary software] is a world controlled by machines."
He has called on lawyers to help the Free Software movement, saying: "Those who want to share their code can make products and share their work without additional legal risks." He urged his legal colleagues, "It's worth giving up a little in order to produce a sounder ecology for all. Think kindly about the idea of sharing."
Moglen has criticized trends which result in "excluding people from knowledge". On the issue of Free Software versus proprietary software, he has argued that "much has been said by the few who stand to lose". Moglen calls for a "sensible respect for both the creators and users" of software code.
On the subject of Digital Rights Management, Moglen once said, "[Trusted Computing and DRM] is said to be because movie and record companies must eat. I will concede that they must eat. Though like me, they should eat less."
 Professional biography
Moglen started out as a computer programming language designer and then received his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in 1980, where he won the Hicks Prize for Literary Criticism. In 1985, he received a master's degree in philosophy and a JD from Yale University. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia since 1987.
He was a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall (1986-87 term). He joined the faculty of Columbia Law School in 1987, and was admitted to the New York bar in 1988. He received a Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1993. Moglen serves as a director of the Public Patent Foundation.
 External links
- Freeing the Mind: Free Software and the Death of Proprietary Culture - June 29, 2003 PDF
- The dotCommunist Manifesto - January 2003 PDF
- Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright - August 1999 PDF
- Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright, article in First Monday, August 2, 1999
- Microsoft's Fatal Error, article in The Nation, November 11, 1999
- Microsoft: Judgment Day, article in The Nation, April 24, 2000
- Microsoft: Breaking Up Is Good to Do, article in The Nation, June 26, 2000
- The Encryption Wars (Page 2) interview in Cabinet, Winter 2000 (The title is just one of many topics discussed)
- Liberation Musicology, article in The Nation, February 22, 2001
- SCO: Without Fear and Without Research, article in eWeek, November 24, 2003
- Professor Eben Moglen Replies, interview on Slashdot, February 2003
- Free Software, Free Hardware, Free Bandwidth, interview on World-Information.Org, December 11, 2003
- Interview with Eben Moglen, LinuxWorld Magazine, January 19, 2004
- Eben Moglen on Microsoft's Caller ID Patent License, short interview on NewsForge, February 26, 2004
- Eben Moglen's linux.conf.au keynote, article on LWN.net, April 24, 2005.
- Does Open-Source Software Make The FCC Irrelevant?, article in Forbes, October 18, 2005
- Meet the DotCommunist, article on Law.com, February 15, 2006
- See you at the Summit: Eben Moglen, article in Red Hat Magazine #17, March 2006
- Free software’s white knight, interview on ZDNet, March 20, 2006
 Articles and interviews
- Rewriting GPL No Easy Task, February 2, 2005 interview. Page 2
- Super Linux evangelist! Software freedom fighter! Defender of the GNU and the Open Source Way! No, it's not Linux Lass - it's Eben Moglen... December 2005 interview in Linux Format,
- Defender of the GPL, January 19, 2006 CNET News.com interview after the release of the first public draft.
- ‘A lawyer who is also idealist - how refreshing’, March 30, 2006 interview in The Guardian.
- The dotCommunist Manifesto: Video of talk at UNC-Chapel Hill, Howard W. Odum Institute, 51 min, November 8, 2001
- A panel discussion including Moglen from the Conference on Public Domain at Duke University Law School, on November 10, 2001, 1 h 11 min (Moglen’s contribution is 58 min in.)
- Video, 172 MiB, MPEG format.
- Audio recording of Moglen’s talk at the above event., 12 min, 5 MiB
- Freedom and the Future of the Net: Why We Win. A talk at New York University, May 14, 2002, 1 h 15 min, 13 MiB
- Q&A session from after the above talk. 49 min, 8 MiB
- Free Software, Free Culture: After the dotCommunist Manifesto, Open Cultures: Free Flows of Information and the Politics of Commons, Vienna, Austria June 5, 2003, 21 min, 70 MiB, RealMedia 225 kbit/s quality
- IT Conversations - SCO v. IBM, Interview, recorded December 12, 2003, 37min
- A panel discussion in which Moglen took part. 1 h 7 min, 62 MiB. Moglen’s main contributions are at 15:15, 31:35 and 50:25 in.
- Speech for Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. February 23, 2004, 1 h 25 min
- Open Source as a Social Movement: Talk at the Open Source Conference, KMDI, University of Toronto, May 9, 2004
- Opening keynote at Wizards of OS3, Berlin, June 10, 2004, 57 min
- State of the Free Union, speech delivered at Swarthmore College on November 8, 2004
- Lecture at Multimedia institute - MAMA/CARNet in Zagreb, Croatia, December 14, 2004, 1 h 35 min, 286 MiB
- Lecture at The Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia, December 21, 2004, 1 h 7 min, 61 MiB
- Beyond Free Software: Ultimate Legal Consequences of the Free Information Movement. Lecture at Bocconi, Italy, November 14, 2005, 46 min, 12 MiB MP3
- Opening presentation of the GNU GPLv3 first draft release conference. January 16, 2006, 2h, 200MiB Ogg Theora
- The Hardware Wars and the future of free software, presentation at the 2006 Free Software Foundation Associate Member meeting. April 1, 2006, 1 h 30 min, 54 MiB Ogg Vorbis
- Free Software and Free Media, talk to isoc-ny May 3, 2006.
- Keynote at Red Hat Summit 2006 in Nashville, June 1, 2006, 36 min
- License/drm panel at HollandOpen in which Moglen took part, June 15, 2006, 1 h, 189 MiB MPEG-4
- Keynote at HollandOpen, about GPL3 process June 17, 2006, 35 min, 109 MiB MPEG-4
- The wording of the changes Presentation at the 3rd International GPLv3 Conference, Barcelona, June 22, 2006, 1 h 29 min, 93 MiB Ogg Theora
- Document Licenses and the Future of Free Culture, talk with Lawrence Lessig at Wikimania 2006, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 4, 2006
- Eben Moglen on GPL 3.0, interview on FLOSS Weekly, September 27, 2006
- Software and Community in the Early 21st Century, keynote at Plone Conference 2006, Seattle, Washington, October 27, 2006, 1 h 8 min, 226 MiB QuickTime, or 47MiB MP3
- Thoughts on the World's Largest Possible Computer & What It Runs On, March 27, 2007, 1 h 2 min, 289MiB DivX Video
Rick Adams - Eric Allman - Brian Behlendorf - Keith Bostic - Alan Cox - Miguel de Icaza - Theo de Raadt - Jim Gettys - John Gilmore - Jon "maddog" Hall - Jordan Hubbard - Lynne and William Jolitz - Rasmus Lerdorf - Lawrence Lessig - Robert Love - Marshall Kirk McKusick - Eben Moglen - Tim O'Reilly - Keith Packard - Brian Paul - Bruce Perens - Eric S. Raymond - Bob Scheifler - Richard Stallman - Linus Torvalds - Andrew Tridgell - Guido van Rossum - Larry Wall
History: GNU Manifesto • GNU Project • Free Software Foundation (FSF)
GNU licenses: GNU General Public License (GPL) • GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) • GNU Free Documentation License (FDL)
Software: GNU operating system • bash • GNU Compiler Collection • Emacs • GNU C Library • Coreutils • GNU build system • other GNU packages and programs
Speakers: Robert J. Chassell • Loïc Dachary • Ricardo Galli • Georg C. F. Greve • Federico Heinz • Bradley M. Kuhn • Eben Moglen • Richard Stallman • Len Tower