Calculating the True Price of Software
Subject:   What about freedom?
Date:   2005-07-27 08:55:50
From:   ddaa
This essay is an interesting bit of economics, but it's not really talking about OpenSource, even less Free Software, as it only concerns itself with pricing.

It is applicable to all software that is distributable and usable for free, that is proprietary Freeware, as well Free Software. It totally ignores how copyleft affects the economy of software.

I will let more economically-versed people expand on how the right to modify, and redistribute modified versions of the software really removes the artificial scarcity imposed on software by proprietary licensing, and how it underlines the real scarcity: skilled programmers.

Somebody had to chime in about this issue.

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  • What about freedom?
    2005-07-27 13:16:33  Robert Lefkowitz | [View]

    Free speech is a freedom exercised by the press. The writers and readers both enjoy this freedom. Yet, there is still the necessity of determining economic models around selling newspapers. Or TV news programs. Concerning oneself with the economics of the news business doesn't mean one isn't concerned with freedom of the press. It is a different issue. And having grown up in a country where we didn't have freedom of the press, it turns out that a non-free press has very similar economic issues to a free one. One legislates the freedoms. The economics are less amenable to modification by fiat.