Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 16:59 UTC
Editorial Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning "marked by an air of superior piety or morality". Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a "holier-than-thou" attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe, and Flash in particular, really fits the bill. There are three specific points I want to address to illustrate just how holier-than-thou, hypocritical, and misleading this letter really is.
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RE: Great one, but
by Zifre on Thu 29th Apr 2010 20:41 UTC in reply to "Great one, but"
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Let me just start by saying that I use Linux and open source exclusively and don't like proprietary software at all.

That said, you are very incorrect.

Charging people in any way for making copies of bits is immoral.

Why? It indeed costs nearly $0 to make a copy of bits, but those bits would not exist without the money. By your reasoning, all of the cost of a book should go toward printing and physically creating the book, and the author should not get a dime.

You can ask for money for services, but the act of copying bits has no cost and hence has to be free.

By saying "making copies of bits" you make those bits sound less important than they really are. Those bits are the music you listen to, the books you read, and maybe some of the software you use. In many cases, those bits would not exist without the author getting paid.

If you believe that is immoral, fine, morality is specific to each person. But reality isn't. The world would simply be a very different place without copyright.

Anything else is just old simple minded analog thinking.

I think the thing you are missing is that, for example, the e-book is the direct equivalent of a real book, and should be valued as such (minus the printing costs). You are trying to make digital works seem somehow inherently different than physical works, when it is really just a different medium.

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