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Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: Stallman calls for an end to file sharing war
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:02:40 -0000
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In article <>,
 Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:

> Tim Smith wrote:
> [...]
> > Digital music, computers, and the internet have changed that. First of
> > all, copying is fast and easy. 
> Since shoplifting in a is
> certainly faster and easier than stealing in the pre-supermarket era,
> why not go 'total communist' and make food and household merchandise
> free as well?

Last time I checked, food and household merchandise have the necessary 
attributes that allows a free market to give economically correct 
resource allocation, and so have not had to rely on an artificial 
infusion of those attributes combined with a societal agreement that we 
will pretend that these attributes are real, and so with food and 
household goods you do not have the case that you have something with a 
marginal cost of zero relying almost completely on people being nice for 
it to work.

--Tim Smith

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