Subject: Re: Meaning of "combined work"?
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 22:28:24 +0900

 Tue, 2 Jan 2001 22:28:24 +0900
>>>>> "kms" == Karsten M Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com> writes:

    kms> Though this tends to work against Gillmore's dictum: free
    kms> software is about reducing the transaction cost of
    kms> co÷peration.

Stallman doesn't believe in this dictum.  But then, Stallman doesn't
believe in transaction costs, or any economic concept.  More
precisely, the goal of freedom (== a system composed of purely free
software that anyone who wants to will be able to use, and use the
source  and all its derivatives  freely, in perpetuity) overrides any
"temporary" or "local" reduction of transaction cost.[1]

In fact, Stallman would very likely object to any use of "transaction
cost" and "free software" in the same breath.  :-)

    kms> Fairly effectively -- where it may be slow, it's a one way
    kms> street.  A ratchet, if you will.

It is effective in terms of Stallman's goal.  It has been effective in
term's of Gilmore's, as well, at least in combination with the GNU
Project.  But that's in practice, it's not a theorem.  It is likely to
rub most strongly in projects like Jonathan's.


Footnotes: 
[1]  As best I understand "RMS Thought", of course.

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