I was reading a little more about the drug dealer argument, and I found something at least interesting:
“Although about three million computers get sold every year in China, people don’t pay for the software. Someday they will, though. And as long as they’re going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”
It was said by Bill Gates, in a 1998 talk to university students (and printed in Fortune Magazine) according to P2PNet. It surely turned on a big neon sign that says “Drug-Dealer Argument” in my head in the exact moment I read it…
A lot of people got organized behind the issue, and a supporting campaign was mounted around it. This is its “official” logo:
In that logo one can read: “Brazil have the right to choose”.
Sergio Amadeu, himself, have posted a short note about Microsoft’s move. It’s in portuguese, of course, but here is the translation into english:
“In special response to national and international enquiries from the press, that have been supportive with the brazilian government in this unprecedented moment in which the president of an important public institution in this country suffers personally the action of those interested in keeping an hegemonic model, I come forward, after listening to my lawyers and federal solicitors, to say that the judicial provocation imposed against me is, by its own, so unusual and improper that it does not deserve any answer.
“In the other hand, I’d like to register that the purchase of software that preserves the values of openness and freedom is, for the brazilian government, a subject unavoidably connected to the democratic principle. And for it have been a long and painful path to reach our current democratic developmental stage in this country, we will not walk out our fight.
“If democracy is a value full of ideology, it will never be an insignificant value. If democracy is a dream, it’s the one dream this country will never wake up from.
“The future is free.”
Thanks you all for the support.