„[T]he most fundamental laws of physics are not restrictions on the behaviour of matter. Rather, they are restrictions on the way physicists may describe that behaviour.“

—  Victor J. Stenger, God: The Failed Hypothesis, God: The Failed Hypothesis (2007), Chapter 4: 'Cosmic Evidence', p.129
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—  Nina Paley US animator, cartoonist and free culture activist 1968
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„While corporations dominate society and write the laws, each advance in technology is an opening for them to further restrict its users.“

—  Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953
2010s, Stallman's Law (2012) https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/stallmans-law.html

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„It is imperative that we restrict in every possible way the influence of neo-Stalinists in our political life.“

—  Andrei Sakharov Soviet nuclear physicist and human rights activist 1921 - 1989
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„In ten years I think the [copyright] laws are going to be worse and I also think they are going to be less relevant. I mean, already the difference between the laws and people's behaviour, It's like they're different planets.“

—  Nina Paley US animator, cartoonist and free culture activist 1968
Context: In ten years I think the [copyright] laws are going to be worse and I also think they are going to be less relevant. I mean, already the difference between the laws and people's behaviour, It's like they're different planets. I'm not hopeful for the laws changing. A lot of other people are, so maybe we will have meaningful copyright reform. I doubt it. I don't think it matters. I think the tools are available for people to create and share culture and they're going to do that and they might be doing it illegaly and at a certain point it's going to be more than the system can handle. I will say that if the power structure as it exists wants to continue they're going to have to reform because it's not sustainable. Copyright law as it is, it's just completely out of touch with human behaviour. " 'Intellectual disobedience' and the future of copyright: Nina Paley interviewed at Foo (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcJqxIyFv4s#t=4m25s" <!-- Retrieved 27 February 2013 -->

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Context: In a Society in which there is no law, and in theory no compulsion, the only arbiter of behaviour is public opinion. But public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law. When human beings are governed by "thou shalt not", the individual can practise a certain amount of eccentricity: when they are supposedly governed by "love" or "reason", he is under continuous pressure to make him behave and think in exactly the same way as everyone else. "Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver's Travels," Polemic (September/October 1946) - Full text online http://orwell.ru/library/reviews/swift/english/e_swift

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„Today's extension of the Edwards prohibition is the latest stage of prophylaxis built upon prophylaxis, producing a veritable fairyland castle of imagined constitutional restriction upon law enforcement.“

—  Antonin Scalia former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1936 - 2016
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