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Re: GNU licenses

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006 09:00:37 +0200

Richard Tobin wrote:
> In article <>,
> Alexander Terekhov  <> wrote:
> >> There seems to be a substantial profit for the "buyer" here: they get
> >> a program for nothing.
> >I was talking about a profit for seller
> You were pretending to answer David Kastrup's very reasonable comment:
>    Well, that is what is called civilization and culture.  Not having to
>    reinvent the wheel, but profiting from the knowledge created by
>    others.

Yeah, very reasonable. As if copyright is about knowledge, and not 

> by pretending that he was using "profit" in your narrow sense.

It's market economy sense, stupid. Release your stuff into the 
public domain so that the whole society can profit from it (instead 
of removing economic incentive to create derivative works by making 
profit in a free market by trading derivative works) and I'd have 
no problem with that. That is what is called civilization. See also 
section 3 Economics here:


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