Subject: crux of the essence
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 01:35:48 +0900

>>>>> "Tom" == Tom Lord <> writes:

    Tom> Suppose it really is impossible to get, at least
    Tom> approximately, "per copy" payment for a free software
    Tom> product.  In that case, isn't this a fundamental bug in
    Tom> capitalism


    Tom> a complete disincentive to write certain kinds
    Tom> of program?  Isn't the right patch for that bug the
    Tom> constitutional creation of copyright?  Isn't the only way to


    Tom> make copyright enforceable in the digital age laws such as
    Tom> DMCA and SSSCA, and enforcement techniques such as mandatory
    Tom> auditing?


The _GNU Manifesto_ and _Information Rules_ between them do a bangup
job of explaining how all this works.  Add in some Ronald Coase and a
dash of Oliver Williamson, it's a weekend's worth of reading.

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