Subject: Re: Free software and free music have some similar problems.
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 03:00:13 +0900 (JST)

>>>>> "Bernard" == Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr> writes:

    Bernard> It asssumes that we keep the same procedures on
    Bernard> electronic media...  but ther is no reason to do so.

Not the same procedures, but the same functions.

Until it is shown how the new technologies will change the cost
structure of the filtering function, I will stand behind the
percentage play: the current institutions will continue to be used.
(Because I don't believe it has changed.)

Everything you have mentioned about filtering works in the print
world, too, for specialist audiences.  Electronic media speed them up
and make broadcast more feasible, but I don't think transmission speed
and broadcast capability are the constraint; I think it is the
attention deficit of the individual members of each research
community.

I could be wrong about the degree of constraint; I think that is where 
you can most profitably attack my line of reasoning.

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