Fons Adriaensen fons at linuxaudio.org
Wed Nov 16 14:14:51 UTC 2011

On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 02:47:05PM +0300, Louigi Verona wrote:

> Now, imagine that all of those things can be copied at no cost whatsoever
> and that they are available everywhere, even outside the shop. Would you
> agree that in such a case the situation is different and deserves a
> different line of reasoning?

No. Even if the cost of making a copy is trivial, someone still needs 
to make the original first and that may not be trivial. This is true
even of many physical goods. Or do you think that the marginal cost of
producing one more car, PC, etc. reflects the true cost ? 

The fact that doing something (e.g. making a copy) is easy or cheap is
completely irrelevant in determining if it should be allowed. For your 
average 120 kg body-builder it's easy and cheap to bully his way around
and make people do whatever he wants. 'Violence wants to be free.' Is
that a reason to allow it ?



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