[sclug] Cheap'n'nasty Tesco Linux machines

John Stumbles john at stumbles.org.uk
Sun Mar 16 17:07:49 UTC 2008

Dickon Hood wrote:

> That software -- or, as you've stated *anything* copyrightable --
> television programme, film, book, or recording, was not produced for
> nothing: it takes resources to produce all of these things.
> Is it not morally and ethically right to allow the entity which spent
> those resources some mechanism to recover those costs?  Surely it isn't
> ethical to deny a writer or a filmmaker the fruits of their labour?

Well there is an alternative (as yet untried (at least in modern 
industrialised societies)):

 From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

Discuss ;-)

John Stumbles

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