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Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters

From: Snuffelluffogus
Subject: Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters
Date: 6 May 2004 13:17:23 -0700

Martin Dickopp <> wrote in message 
> Stefaan A Eeckels <> writes:
> > The idea behind copyrights and patents (protected trademarks are
> > something different) is to make it worthwhile to produce "goods"
> > that can be reproduced at low cost. If you cannot get a reasonable
> > compensation for producing a book, an opera, or a computer
> > program because of unbridled copying, then you will probably
> > decide you need a day job to support you (like sitting at the
> > till in a Pick'n Pay :-). 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?

It's called profit. In order to run a business, one has to make
a minimal profit, just to have a desk to sit behind.

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