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

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> From: Matthew James Gering <[email protected]>
> Subject: RE: GPL & commercial software, the critical distinction (fwd)
> Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 13:20:41 -0700 

> The only problem is your statement that one can dominate "saturable"
> markets without some artificial "mechanism."

Who said anything about 'artificial'? You have a sneaky habit of sticking
terms in there where they don't go hoping somebody won't catch it. We're
talking a free-market, there are *only* two participants; provider and
consumer. If I allow 'artificial' in there then there is the explicit
assumption that a third party is now involved. I won't accept a
bastardization of free-market in that manner.

If you want to expand your argument by the injection of these spurious terms
(they aren't relevant to my argument) feel free. Be warned I will continue
to point out the distinction vis-a-vis the impact on conclusions.

> If you mean dominate by
> market share, then sure that is possible.

I mean *dominate* the market. Quit sticking extra terms in there trying 
to subtly change the meaning. I promise you I will notice so you can quit

> ALCOA dominated via low prices and high efficiency. Domination in the
> bad sense is to be immune from the laws of supply and demand, and hence
> have arbitrary power over the market -- that is the definition of a
> coercive monopoly.

No, that is the definition of monopoly. Now what and how they got and retain
that position may invoke coercion but it *isn't* a requirement for
monoplies by definition. Don't try to confuse method with type.

> You will find that that is not possible without an
> artificial barrier to competition.

Demonstrate please. The problem with this view is that it implies that given
sufficient time *any* market strategy will fail. In other words there is no
best or efficient strategy for a given market. In the past when this has
been brought up I've asked for an explanation of how this dynamic works and
specificaly what prevents such best-of-breed examples from existing.

I'm still waiting for such an explanation.


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