On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:28:43PM -0500, Paul Davis wrote:
Ah, but there's then a built-in incentive for someone wanting to compete, to use the free/public-domain alternative and increase their profits by not having to pay license fees. That'd mostly be the case if the license fees are per-unit or annual dues; if they're per-unit then one could theoretically increase profits and/or compete on price by removing that cost.
Although, if you'd have to include the licensed thing anyway as an alternative because nobody'd actually buy the product without it, then we're right back into the same kind of monopolistic compatibility/marketshare trap that have shut out free alternatives to everything for decades. Oh well, nothing to see here, move along....
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