Re: Facts to Support RAND? was: Re: more pate nt fu
> Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote: > > > At 9:30 AM -0800 1/17/03, Tim Bray wrote: > > > > > The notion that you can make money by setting up a tollbooth on a > > > piece of Web infrastructure (and thereby driving out all > > > open-source/free offerings as a side-effect) is a radical proposal > > > without even an existence proof. > > > > > > Would either Flash or RealAudio qualify as an existence proof? If not, > > why not? I don't think so, because Tim's "Tollbooth" implies a monopoly: that it is the only way to get onto the highway. There are multiple graphics formats, so people can go round a tollbooth established there. Similarly with audio and streaming. Cheers Rick Jelliffe
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