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Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters
Date: 06 May 2004 17:13:39 +0200
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Stefaan A Eeckels <> writes:

> On Thu, 06 May 2004 13:21:03 +0200
> Martin Dickopp <> wrote:
> > > It is fairly obvious that today, the
> > > system is out of kilter, but it's equally obvious that the 
> > > availability of cheap reproduction makes it impossible to
> > > produce certain (maybe desirable) reproducible goods.
> > 
> > Maybe I'm missing something, but the latter is not obvious to me at all.
> > What goods are impossible to produce due to cheap reproduction?
> If it costs me $1000 to produce the first copy of my
> music CD, and I cannot hope to recoup these
> costs because the first bloke who buys it makes copies
> without paying me a dime,

The first bloke who buys it rarely has the resources to set up a CD
selling business.

> I'll think twice about spending $1000. Maybe I'll revert to
> composing music for the guy who pays me to play at his table, or
> maybe I play someone else's music because I have no time to
> compose.

Or maybe you make a subscription service where people interested in it
can pool.  Blender was GPLed after pooling something like 100000EUR.

Just because you are unable to think of a suitable business model
does not mean that everybody else needs to gets his hand tied.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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