Price transparency (was Re: Input on anticompetitive characteristic of public code)

bzg at bzg at
Fri Jun 22 13:04:59 UTC 2018

Hi Paul,

Paul Boddie <paul at> writes:

> Sorry to take this discussion in another direction - hence the
> subject change - but even the costs of traditional proprietary
> software may not be transparent.

Indeed - thanks for completing my idea.

This helps me draw a new distinction.

My traditional answer about this "unfair competition" argument was
to shrug and to reply: "well, free software is not about price".

But lawyers don't buy that.  So instead of dismissing the argument,
the idea is to show that the notion of "fair competition" itself is
not so operational.

2 cts of course,


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