„Linux is not in the public domain. Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. That's the way that the license works.“

—  Steve Ballmer, " Microsoft CEO takes launch break with the Sun-Times https://web.archive.org/web/20011108013601/http://www.suntimes.com/output/tech/cst-fin-micro01.html" (1 June 2001) Chicago Sun Times
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„I believe it would be right for common sense to revolt against the extreme claims made today on behalf of "intellectual property."“

—  Lawrence Lessig American academic, political activist. 1961
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„By insisting on the Constitution's limits to copyright, obviously Eldred was not endorsing piracy. Indeed, in an obvious sense, he was fighting a kind of piracy — piracy of the public domain.“

—  Lawrence Lessig American academic, political activist. 1961
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