Subject: crux of the essence
From: Tom Lord <lord@regexps.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 03:47:47 -0700 (PDT)


Suppose it really is impossible to get, at least approximately, "per
copy" payment for a free software product.  In that case, isn't this
a fundamental bug in capitalism -- a complete disincentive to write
certain kinds of program?  Isn't the right patch for that bug the
constitutional creation of copyright?  Isn't the only way to make
copyright enforceable in the digital age laws such as DMCA and
SSSCA, and enforcement techniques such as mandatory auditing?

-t