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Re: Why Bill Gates Will Win
charles mueller <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I think he was promoting an anti-antitrust position,
but I'm not sure.
Let's get real here please.
1. The Laws of Copyright were established to protect
the owners of the copyrighted works. If an entity
(individual or corporate) expends the effort to
create something they are then entitled to make
some money for it. Fine, fair enough.
MS depends heavily on the Laws of Copyright.
2. If a thing however cannot be copywritten, say
for instance a hammer, or perhaps a look-and-feelish
kind of thing like a GUI, then everyone has a right
to try their hand at making the better MS mouse trap.
That's also fair enough and as it should be. MS has
certainly benefitted from seeing other nice looking
software gizmo's and "borrowing" from them. This a
very common practice in the software biz.
So, now PLEASE stop giving me this moral crapola about goverment
and business. There are certainly no constitutional garantees
regarding copyrights. So if there can be copyrights, then
certainly there can be antitrust laws. It is not a moral
issue. These are both simply attempts by our society to
balance individual and societal needs. Big fat harry deel.
I personally don't trust MS or Bill Gates to have so much
influence over the industry which I have worked in for years (20).
I ceratinly don't want to grant this guy more protection by
validating the crazy licensing practices of MS (or most other
SW companies). OK, people can't just copy the stuff for free,
but that's it. No more crazy deals with HW manufacturers.
No more "by being in the same room with a computer displaying
this notice you agree to do whatever the heck we say, and if you
don't like it go jump in a lake". We are allowing this stuff
to be pushed off on us. It is our (we the people) right to
come up with the laws that we are governed by.
I'm pretty much hacked-off that MS had the brass to call their latest
OS product NT. Common on folks, it still doesn't have all the functionality
of the various unix's, some of which are now free. These have been
around since before MS even existed. I'm sorry, this is NOT NEW TECHNOLOGY.