[OT]Re: Books...

BCS ao at pathlink.com
Sun May 11 09:07:19 PDT 2008

Reply to Fawzi,

> Most people understand and agree with the idea of paying for the work
> of others, draconian security make the life of those that pay (and
> that you want to keep) worse, without (normally) really making the
> life of pirates much more difficult, in the worst case they could make
> the pirated content even more attractive that your own.

I have thought it would be interesting to try a business model that is something 
like "the product is free, support is not". The authors would publish the 
material for free and then make it clear that they accept donations and that 
they will put more priority on development activities that help those who 
are supporting them financially. They would of course still exercise there 
own judgment in what gets done but the timing... Also a million from Microsoft 
need not count as much as 50 from some broke collage student.

Anyway it would be an interesting experiment.

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