Subject: Re: IC's patent-pending technology
From: "Ben Tilly" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 19:24:40 -0700

On 9/26/06, <> wrote:
> Norbert Bollow writes:
>  > It's like a bully who says "this road is mine now, everyone
>  > who passes needs my permission", and who has the legal muscle to
>  > enforce this rule.
> I gather you've never heard of a toll bridge.

He may have heard of them.  I doubt he likes them. :-)

And he has a point.  There were some nobles who did something like
what he described (but using the Rhine river rather than a road).
Their heyday was over 700 years ago.  But the practice was so widely
disliked that they are *still* known as robber barons for it.