[Israel.pm] OT: Copying intangible property

Scott Weisman sweisman at pobox.com
Wed Mar 24 09:15:18 PST 2004

There seems to be widespread misunderstanding of what a "monopoly" is. Is
Microsoft a monopoly? No. They have overwhelming market share, but no one
forced people to buy their products. They largely benefitted by poor business
decisions of competitors and probably underhanded business practices. But that
is different from a monopoly.

A monopoly is an exclusive grant by the government. Bezeq is a monopoly. So is
IEC. Competitors are threatened by force of law from entering the field. In
fact, the *ultimate* monopoly is government itself!


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