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Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters

From: Bernd Jendrissek
Subject: Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters
Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 16:20:31 +0000 (UTC)
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In article <> Stefaan A
Eeckels <> wrote:
>Either the investment can be recouped by the sale of the
>original item, or it needs to be spread over the sale of
>a number of copies.

You can't really "spread" the investment over the sale of a number of
copies - the investment is a sunk cost that you can't "trade in" for
something else.  Once it's made, it's made.

You have to fund it out of your *economic profits*.

>In the latter case, if not enough revenue can be derived from the sale
>of copies (because someone else makes and sells them), then it might
>not be economically possible to produce the original.

You might find (or just predict, rather) that the equilibrium price
would be below what you need to be able to make a profit out of which,
*once pooled*, your mortgage on the investment must be paid.

>> Never mind that it gets copied: it has to be _done_ before it can be
>> copied.
>Yup, and those who do it need to earn a living.

Such a timeless quote I had to leave it in.

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