Subject: Re: software tax (was Re: [ppc-mobo] Re: GNU License for Hardware)
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 18:29:06 +0900 (JST)

>>>>> "Bradley" == Bradley M Kuhn <bkuhn@ebb.org> writes:

    Bradley> However, if the tax is only on particular items (like
    Bradley> hardware), I don't see the inherent problem.  If you
    Bradley> didn't want to pay the tax, you simply wouldn't buy
    Bradley> hardware.

In nature, I do not have to make that choice.  The fact that I am
under the proposed software tax law is due to coercion.

    Bradley> It seems to me if you were to dismiss this argument, you
    Bradley> would also have to dismiss taxes

Calling a spade "a spade" doesn't mean I don't have every intention of
using it to dig holes.  Calling it "a spade" does help keep me from
using it to sweep the kitchen floor.

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