Subject: Re: Ransom GPL Licensing: ethically and legally viable?
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: 19 Feb 2003 13:05:56 +0900

>>>>> "Brian" == Brian Shire <> writes:

    Brian> Your explanation above still doesn't allow for independent
    Brian> software firms.  How are they compensated?

Any number of ways.  Proprietary software is the obvious one
(historically, anyway).  Pure service with development spin-offs is
another (Apache).  Pay-for-work (Ghostscript).  Government contracts
or research grants.  Never release, and run an ASP.

What I find fascinating about both Tom Lord and the Ransom proponents
is the insistence on a "fair" compensation which is far above mean
world personal income, Federal minimum wage, or even US average
income.  I just don't understand this.  If what you guys do isn't
valuable enough to morally justify at least _asking_ for "all the
traffic will bear", how do you justify asking for more than $6.50/hour
+ amortized cost of education (and only if you paid for it yourself)?

This is a completely separate issue from either the morality of
"enclosing" intellectual assets (aka "intellectual property") or the
efficiency of IP markets.

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