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A worker's paradise is a consumer's hell.
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And the Russians certainly don't have it. If a woman shows up in a fur coat, I just assume she's a crook. And that's me, the nice American. The assumption that you can't make money honestly is a killer.
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As long as a government can come and shoot you, you can't jump on the Internet to freedom.
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But people are much less likely to pay for one copy. They will pay for a stream, for a performance, an experience.
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But there is a corollary to freedom and that's personal responsibility, and the real challenge is how you generate that personal responsibility without imposing it.
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Change means that what was before wasn't perfect. People want things to be better.
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Don't leave hold of your common sense. Think about what you're doing and how the technology can enhance it. Don't think about technology first.
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Few influential people involved with the Internet claim that it is a good in and of itself. It is a powerful tool for solving social problems, just as it is a tool for making money, finding lost relatives, receiving medical advice, or, come to that, trading instructions for making bombs.
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From the business point of view - not to overstate it - intellectual property is dead; long live intellectual process. Long live service; long live performance.
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Having seen a non-market economy, I suddenly understood much better what I liked about a market economy.
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I became a real free market fanatic. I'm probably less so now than even two or three years ago.
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I had taken Russian in high school, but then I hadn't done anything with it. I'd always wanted to go to Russia but I was busy with my day job.
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I joined the board of the Santa Fe Institute.
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I think copyright is moral, proper. I think a creator has the right to control the disposition of his or her works - I actually believe that the financial issue is less important than the integrity of the work, the attribution, that kind of stuff.
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I think I have the right to know what Steve Forbes paid in taxes - I don't think there should be a law. I think there should be a presumption. I wouldn't vote for a guy who wouldn't reveal what he paid in taxes. That kind of thing.
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I think that the use of copyright is going to change dramatically. Part of it is economics. There is just going to be so much content out there - there's a scarcity of attention. Information consumes attention, and there's too much information.
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I would much rather see responsibilities exercised by individuals than have them imposed by the government.
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I've seen disgusting excess in business, and I've seen disgusting excess in Washington. But at the same time, I've certainly learned that Washington matters and that you can't ignore it, especially when you get into telecom.
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In the sense that people who produce things and work get rewarded, statistically. You don't get rewarded precisely for your effort, but in Russia you got rewarded for being alive, but not very well rewarded.
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In the space of three weeks, I met a fair bunch of the guys who were just starting those little programmers' co-ops, and everybody was talking about starting businesses.
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It may not always be profitable at first for businesses to be online, but it is certainly going to be unprofitable not to be online.
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Oh, that all the things my father had told me about how disgusting Washington is are true. And again it's the system - there are lots of nice, well-meaning people there. But it's a sleazy place. And politics is all about doing favors.
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Part of the problem is when we bring in a new technology we expect it to be perfect in a way that we don't expect the world that we're familiar with to be perfect.
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Since I became chairman, I've tried to turn EFF into civil liberties and responsibilities.
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So a government can control - and a really vicious government can control close to absolutely.
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So I started thinking about all this kind of stuff, and complex adaptive systems.
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That was when I decided that I was going to keep doing this as half of what I was doing - just somehow try to foster Silicon Valley in Eastern Europe.
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There's almost no way of doing importing honestly, because if you do you're at such a disadvantage competitively. So people spend huge amounts of effort getting around stupid laws and not paying taxes.
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We were invited by something called the International Computer Club, which was more like a trade organization of computer users - big Russian banks and ministries. After about three or four days, some delegation of genuine German businessmen showed up, so the Russians pretty much abandoned us.
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Well, take the evolution of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It began as hackers' rights. Then it became general civil liberties of everybody - government stay away.
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What I'm thinking about more and more these days is simply the importance of transparency, and Jefferson's saying that he'd rather have a free press without a government than a government without a free press.
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You have to be a grownup. You have to decide what government should do and not do. And what's its appropriate size and what's its appropriate scale.
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