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    SubjectRE: [OT] Re: Troll Tech [was Re: Sco vs. IBM]
    On Wed, 25 Jun 2003, David Lang wrote:

    > Robert, nobody is disagreeing with this part of the discussion, that I
    > hear Larry saying is that this process isn't producing innovations, it is
    > almost exclusivly producing copies.

    Does that claim stand up though?

    If you work from Robert White's economic premise and hence include
    all software that was 'innovated' through backing of resources where
    the commercial sale of that software was not the reason for the
    allocation of those resources (ie the same economic conditions under
    which 'free software' is developed), and then examine Larry's claim,
    does it hold up?

    I'd say it doesnt. the fact that we can have this discussion via
    electronic email over an internet should demonstrate that fact
    surely? One could even include the development of Unix as one of
    those innovations -> AT&T were precluded from selling software. that
    later on other companies were able to commercialise what was
    originally free software does not diminish that its original
    development took place under conditions where it had no direct
    commercial value, at least not from sale of the software itself.

    I do think is Larry correct though in that the commercial model is
    the most attractive model for development, under the /current/
    legislative conditions -> ie artificial monopoly via copyright law.

    I wouldnt think its the best model though. If there were no copyright
    law, and source had to be provided to software, software development
    would still be funded. Its just its funding would have to be
    justified by means other than "we can sell it". Just because it could
    not be sold would not though mean that funding would not be

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