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Eben Moglen

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Eben Moglen

Eben Moglen is a professor of law and history of law at Columbia University, serves pro bono as General Counsel for the Free Software Foundation, and is the Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center.

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Professional biography

Moglen 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 was a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall (1986-87 term).

He received a Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1993.

He serves as a director of Public Patent Foundation.

In 2003 he received the EFF Pioneer Award.

In February 2005, he founded the Software Freedom Law Center.

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 Internet works like induction on the human minds of the planet. Hence Moglen's phrase "Resist the resistance!".

Quotes

The great moral question of the twenty-first century is this: if all knowing, all culture, all art, all useful information can be costlessly given to everyone at the same price that it is given to anyone; if everyone can have everything, anywhere, all the time, why is it ever moral to exclude anyone?

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