[Israel.pm] OT: Copying intangible property

Yosef Meller mellerf at netvision.net.il
Thu Mar 25 13:47:11 PST 2004


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Scott Weisman wrote:
| 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

Oh, no one forces me to buy MS-Word and MS-Excel? So how am I supposed
to share files with my lab partner, who has never heard of anything but
those two programs for word processing and data crunching? Maybe I
should (Illegally, I guess) start distributing "liberated" copies of
QText / Quatro-Pro / OpenOffice?

I actually spent the better part of Tuesday trying to find an OpenOffice
output filter readable by Winnies, and finally resorted to HTML.

So you see, I do have to buy quite a bunch of MS products. Because of
the overwhelming market share MS has. This allows MS to do all sorts of
things already mentioned in this talk. Yes, Microsoft is a monopoly.
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