Subject: Re: "a better world" (was Re: GIF/LZW patent)
From: <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 01:02:51 +0900

Bernard Lang writes:

 > and software is intellectual (intangible) creation obeying different
 > economic laws than "other areas of technology."

There's no reason to believe that.

What you can say is that the parameters of software production are
sufficiently extreme that there may be qualitative differences in the
appropriate policies toward software, and that one should be extremely
careful with analogies.  Nonetheless, the laws are the same, and the
analogies may be quite useful if applied carefully.