Subject: Re: crux of the essence
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 11:38:32 -0700
Mon, 15 Oct 2001 11:38:32 -0700
on Tue, Oct 16, 2001 at 01:35:48AM +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull (
> >>>>> "Tom" == Tom Lord <> writes:
>     Tom> Suppose it really is impossible to get, at least
>     Tom> approximately, "per copy" payment for a free software
>     Tom> product.  In that case, isn't this a fundamental bug in
>     Tom> capitalism
> No.
>     Tom> a complete disincentive to write certain kinds
>     Tom> of program?  Isn't the right patch for that bug the
>     Tom> constitutional creation of copyright?  Isn't the only way to
> Yes.
>     Tom> make copyright enforceable in the digital age laws such as
>     Tom> DMCA and SSSCA, and enforcement techniques such as mandatory
>     Tom> auditing?
> No.
> The  GNU Manifesto  and  Information Rules  between them do a bangup
> job of explaining how all this works.  Add in some Ronald Coase and a
> dash of Oliver Williamson, it's a weekend's worth of reading.


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