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Re: Richard Stallman what a tosser, was Why open source software is bet


From: Aaron R. Kulkis
Subject: Re: Richard Stallman what a tosser, was Why open source software is better
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 19:10:31 -0500

David Masterson wrote:
> 
> >>>>> "Stefaan" == Stefaan A Eeckels <address@hidden> writes:
> 
> > In article <address@hidden>,
> >       address@hidden (Nick Condon) writes:
> 
> >> Our system of economics is not well equipped to deal with
> >> information.  Economics is fundamentally about managing scarcity
> >> (for without scarcity there is no need to economise). But
> >> information isn't scarce. It can be endlessly copied with depriving
> >> anyone else. So the solution they came up with is for the
> >> government to artificially impose scarcity through copyright laws
> >> .i.e to order the cow to quack. That's madness.
> 
> A very interesting way of putting it...
> 
> > Not really. The scarcity isn't in the copies, it's in the production
> > of the originals. To get a new song, you need a poet to write lyrics
> > (for today's songs, read: put five words together, three of which
> > are "I love you"), a composer to write music (== crib a 10 year old
> > hit and add some rapping noises), a band to play it (yup, they still
> > have to know how to play an instrument), and a singer (any
> > good-looking aphone 18 year old will do). Oh, and I forget the
> > expensive producers, and the hyper-expensive record company
> > executive; I almost left out the add agency.  In any case, you need
> > to pay all these people, and you need to spread the puncture over
> > lots of gullible youngsters.
> 
> But is there no other way than copyright of doing this?  If Nick is
> correct, then you haven't justified the need for copyright -- you've
> simply espoused the party line on copyright.
> 
> > That's why there's copyright. Imagine, what would the world be like
> > without N'Sync and Brittney Spears ;-)
> 
> Or Bach and Beethoven?  Oh, that's right, they never had the sanctity
> of copyright to make millions off of, did they?

Both died penniless.

I wonder why.


> 
> --
> David Masterson          (address@hidden)
> Rational Software        (but I don't speak for them)


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E: Jet is not worthy of the time to compose a response until
   her behavior improves.

D: Jet Silverman now follows me from newgroup to newsgroup
   ...despite (C) above.
 
C: Jet Silverman claims to have killfiled me.

B: Jet Silverman plays the fool and spews out nonsense as a
   method of sidetracking discussions which are headed in a
   direction that she doesn't like.

A:  The wise man is mocked by fools.



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