AutoStatic wrote:If you don't innovate your market share will decline (Sony anyone?). And imo open source is part of that innovation and patents and intellectual property are not. .
Innovation and competition, have direct relationships to ownership. Removing
ownership, limits motivation, which in turn, diminishes competition,
and then innovation suffers, and you inherit a collapsing soviet union, or
an internet full of thieving downloaders, instead of paying customers fueling
a vibrant media economy.
A business exists to make a profit for the owner, and careers for
the owners employees. Ownership sets out the boundaries which repel
chaos and anarchy. Owners create jobs, hire workers, and expect to be
rewarded for the risk and investment they make. You work for an owner,
I work for an owner. Chaos and anarchy don't sign our paychecks.
While patents, intellectual property and other owner protections, are not perfected,
society exists where they are strong, while tyranny and apathy grow where they are weak.
The food in the grocery, the electricity in the outlet, the media in our
player, all exist, because someone worked to make it available, and sell it at a price.
I began my linux experience, buying boxed versions of Caldera, Suse, Mandriva,
Corel, and Redhat. 3g/4g downloads were fantasies back then. But there are people
now who have never needed to pay, to experience linux. Or mp3, or dvd. Will they respect
ownership, when times are hard? I have my doubts. It is not respected,
even when times are good.