Re: Microsoft (was Re: Isn't spontanious order overrated?)

Peter C. McCluskey (
Wed, 9 Sep 1998 14:12:41 -0700 ( writes:
>Peter C. McCluskey [] wrote:
>>A system in which copyright owners funded the enforcement would almost
>>certainly have produced the same kind of results.
>But their costs would be significantly higher, so would they have more competition thanks to higher software prices, and/or they wouldn't make

Significantly higher compared to what? My guess is 1 or 2 percent of Microsoft's sales would be enough.

>as much profit and wouldn't have been able to expand anywhere near as fast.

Microsoft's profits are high enough compared to its needs that a decrease of a few percent wouldn't have had any effect on its growth.

>Not to mention that enforcement outside the US would be much harder than it
>is today with compliant foreign governments.

This clearly doesn't follow from a change in enforcement funding, so I suspect you are mixing in unspecified additional assumptions.

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