Tuesday Jul 31, 2007

What was Eben thinking?

A week ago today, Eben Moglen took the stage at O'Reilly Radar opposite Tim O'Reilly

In case you missed it, what transpired next was described by Zonker Brockmeier of Linux.com as follows:

...Software Freedom Law Center director Eben Moglen threw down the gauntlet to O'Reilly founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly. Saying that O'Reilly had spent 10 years making money and building the O'Reilly name, Moglen invited O'Reilly to stop being "frivolous" and to join the conversation about software freedom... 

Ashlee "Im neither a woman nor a Brit" Vance from the Register had this to say:

O'Reilly invited Free Software Foundation lawyer Eben Moglen to participate in a discussion about "licensing in the Web 2.0 era" at this week's OSCON. The conference organizers did their best to fix the conversation. Even though everyone laughs at O'Reilly's Web 2.0 moniker to his face, the conference promoter still takes the phrase very seriously and expects others to do the same. Moglen declined the offer...

 

I was fortunate enough to grab Mr. Moglen after his appearance and find out what exactly it was that they put in his water that morning.  

Here is the interview\* where Eben discusses his "theatrical event, "  as well as: the rights of users; political language vs. business language;  his current relationship with the FSF and what role the Software Freedom Law Center plays in the FOSS world; GPLv3 and why he wears lemon tinted glasses.

 \*.ogg version, thx to Patrick


The "conversation" continued during the break.  (Eben Moglen is the fellow on the left with the grey beard, Tim O'Reilly is the fellow on the right with the grey beard.)

Pau for now... 

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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