DRM technology and policy

John S. Denker jsd at monmouth.com
Tue Apr 22 12:23:25 EDT 2003

On 04/22/2003 08:31 AM, Andreas Bogk wrote in part:
> Making a copy of something is no longer a
> scarce resource.  DRM is nothing but a try to keep it scarce for a
> little longer.

On 04/22/2003 09:06 AM, Peter Clay wrote in part:
 >  I'm sure that if candy
 > could be produced with zero _marginal_ cost, there would be free candy
 > stores.

Please get a clue.  Copyright isn't about the
scarcity of copying or the marginal cost thereof.
Never has been.

Copyright is about recouping the _fixed_ costs.  This
is necessary in general, and particularly important
when the market is of limited size, so that the fixed
cost per unit is significant in absolute terms.


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