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RE: GPL & commercial software, the critical distinction (fwd)



> > I do have trouble with the idea of the garment industry
> > being monopolistic. About 2 miles from where I'm typeing
> > this, in  Whitechapel and Spitalfields in the East End of
> > London, street after street is packed with small
> > sweatshops, "import export" businesses, tiny fashion 
> > houses 

Jim Choate:
> Could you get a phonebook and make a list of the
> sweatshops. Enumerate them and then select 10% (if that
> isn't too many) and find out how many and to whom they sew
> their garments for?

They sew for fashion houses, and there are more fashion
houses than anyone can count.

Even if there was only a single redistributor, there would be
no monopoly, since the cost of entry to the business of
specifying garments, buying them, transporting them, and
reselling them is completely insignificant.

Jim's present day "monopolies" are as utterly fantastic as
his past monopolies. 

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