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Open Source and Copyright Reform BOF (OLS 2002)

Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer. I can't imagine something that could be worse than this for the software business and the intellectual-property business.
I'm an American, I believe in the American Way. I worry if the government encourages open source, and I don't think we've done enough education of policy makers to understand the threat.''
Open source which is epitomized by the Linux OS is a threat to the software industry and, fundamentally un-American.

- Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating-system chief, Jim Allchin

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it.

- Thomas Jefferson , 13 Aug. 1813

Just some links used to introduce the topic.
Feedback so far, additional notes added after BOF: