Subject: Re: GPL and trademarks and brandnames...
From: Brian Bartholomew <bb@wv.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 02:18:55 -0500

> In particular it is (or should be) now a commonplace that people's
> time and attention is a scarce resource

I am less than satisfied with any plan relying on scarcity, because
the vendor is incented to increase, not relieve the scarcity; this is
opposite to society's interests.  However, this group action problem
seems to be true for all businesses today, so maybe it doesn't need
fixing.

Or maybe removing this dilemma is precisely what the ideal of free
software is about.  Vendors should be compensated in proportion to
their success in reducing scarcity, compared to what is technically
possible at the moment.  By this metric, the Microsoft fortune would
be transfered to the FSF, and everyone would be happier.


League for Programming Freedom (LPF) ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/lpf/patents.text
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