[LINK] better than free

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Wed Feb 13 01:00:53 EST 2008

Interesting ideas on copying and technology:

>  The internet is a copy machine. At its most foundational level, it  
> copies every action, every character, every thought we make while  
> we ride upon it. In order to send a message from one corner of the  
> internet to another, the protocols of communication demand that the  
> whole message be copied along the way several times. IT companies  
> make a lot of money selling equipment that facilitates this  
> ceaseless copying. Every bit of data ever produced on any computer  
> is copied somewhere. The digital economy is thus run on a river of  
> copies. Unlike the mass-produced reproductions of the machine age,  
> these copies are not just cheap, they are free.

> Yet the previous round of wealth in this economy was built on  
> selling precious copies, so the free flow of free copies tends to  
> undermine the established order. If reproductions of our best  
> efforts are free, how can we keep going? To put it simply, how does  
> one make money selling free copies?

Kim Holburn
IT Network & Security Consultant
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Democracy imposed from without is the severest form of tyranny.
                           -- Lloyd Biggle, Jr. Analog, Apr 1961

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