Re: Excerpts from "Software, Property & Human Civilization"

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Dec 22 2001 - 18:42:31 MST

Technotranscendence wrote:

> I with you here. When I go to see a concert at Carnegie Hall or when I
> rent a car, I'm only taking a time-delimited ownership in, respectively,
> my seat at Carnegie (usually in the upper balcony where the cheap seats
> are) or the vehicle. Why can't the same apply to anything else? In

The same should not apply to any something else that is
fundamentally different as software is. Unlike the examples
given of finite resources only useable by one party at a time,
software and many forms of digital media are infinitely copyable
and distributable without any dimunition in supply or
availability. Also, software and many of the things the IP
struggles are over actually arguably increase in value and in
stimulus to continued creation of greater value the more open
the model of distribution and ownership and associated rights

- samantha

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