As for patents, which he deemed artificial monopolies on using a specified idea, he said they should be eliminated entirely, and capitalism would not come crashing down as a result. "There have been successful capitalist countries that didn't have a patent system," he said.
Stallman touched on plenty of other topics in the interview.
On the FSF's role in campaigning vs. coding:
On the seeming inactivity of the GNU Project:
The GNU Project is not as cohesive as I wish it were. To some extent, this is a consequence of an approach that was necessary. The only way to develop something as large as the GNU system through the work mostly of volunteers was to divide it into projects that could be implemented mostly independently by different people. The design of Unix lent itself to this. The fact that the GNU system incorporated programs such as X and TeX, that were developed by other people or groups that regarded the Gnu Project as just a user, pushed in the same direction.
Those works that are made for doing practical jobs must be free. This includes software, educational works, reference works, text fonts, recipes, and 3D-printer models for objects for practical use, as well as some other things.
Works of testimony and opinion, and artistic works, don't have to be free as in the four freedoms, but their users should have more freedom than now. I think people should be free to share them (noncommercial redistribution of exact copies), and to remix them. Putting DRM or EULAs on them should be banned too. I think all the CC [Creative Commons] licenses do these things, more or less, and I use CC-ND for my statements of my views, including this one.
On open source licensing pipe dreams:
If I could magically change one program to GPLv3, it would be Linux. One of the improvements of GPLv3 is that it blocks Tivoization, and Linux is very frequently Tivoized. (Many Android devices contain a Tivoized copy of Linux.)
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