Subject: Re: crux of the essence
From: Ian Lance Taylor <ian@airs.com>
Date: 15 Oct 2001 10:47:45 -0700

Tom Lord <lord@regexps.com> writes:

> Suppose it really is impossible to get, at least approximately, "per
> copy" payment for a free software product.  In that case, isn't this
> a fundamental bug in capitalism -- a complete disincentive to write
> certain kinds of program?  Isn't the right patch for that bug the
> constitutional creation of copyright?  Isn't the only way to make
> copyright enforceable in the digital age laws such as DMCA and
> SSSCA, and enforcement techniques such as mandatory auditing?

Capitalism is full of fundamental bugs.  Like democracy, it's main
advantage is that nobody has been able to think of anything better.

Do you consider it a fundamental bug in capitalism that almost
everybody who paints paintings, or does any other type of fine art,
gets paid next to nothing?  Why should free software be any different?
Why shouldn't free software work on the star system, like painting
does?

Ian