Re: royalties without copyright--the historical case

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 00:15:03 -0800 (PST)

> Lee's argument for leaving the (C) off could work in some cases, but
> probably not in many others. It has to be the case that the extra
> distribution which the works would receive by being unrestricted would
> have considerable benefit. This benefit has to be great enough that,
> even though it is probably spread out through the whole society, that
> portion which applies to the original author of the works will be greater
> than what he would have received had he controlled the distribution.
> An example of this might be some of the Gnu software. Perhaps the
> authors of the Gnu C compiler receive more direct benefit from the existence
> of programs built using that compiler than they would have received had
> they charged for it.

I should point out that Gnu software is hideously restricted--it is the
farthest thing from my vision, and that he touts "freedom" with it is
unpardonable hypocrisy. Stallman is a socialist merely trading one set
of chains for another. Gnu software is subject to a restrictive license
that forbids many uses, most of which would be the natural uses to which
a commercial enterprise would otherwise put it.

Lee Daniel Crocker <>  <>
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