Free Culture = Communism - The World According to Bill Gates

In an interview on, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates described free culture advocates as a "modern-day sort of communists" and the story is picked-up by a number of news sources, including the Guardian newspaper, with a column, "The war on copyright communists", "Bill Gates wants software patents to protect his profit, not the public."

The Guardian comments:

"Bill Gates is an intelligent man who has done a great deal of good in the world. So when he gets caught out in a bare-faced lie this should matter to all of us; and last week, when he called the opponents of American intellectual property law a "Communist" movement he was encouraging a mistake that could impoverish the entire world. "

The full interview can be found at the Web Site "Boing Boing", with the Gates quote:

"No, I'd say that of the world's economies, there's more that believe in intellectual property today than ever. There are fewer communists in the world today than there were. There are some new modern-day sort of communists who want to get rid of the incentive for musicians and moviemakers and software makers under various guises. They don't think that those incentives should exist."

Boing Boing: Bill Gates: Free Culture advocates = Commies


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