When you work with a guy like Eben Moglen every day, it’s easy to take his talent for granted. It’s easy to get complacent about his gift for combining disparate concepts with just the right words to make you consider old positions in new light. But then he goes and drops something like this and I remember all over again why I like working with him.
That essay is the basis of a presentation he’ll give to the Columbia Law School faculty next week. It’s aimed at people who know a lot about law but are willfully ignorant of software freedom, but anybody who wants to understand where this movement has been and where it is going should give it a read. It’s also a good look at the contrast between the GPLv3 drafting process and the OOXML standards process.