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Re: A letter for Mr. Darl McBride - personal use

I wrote:
> You are not a leach.  A leach takes something away from the host: when
> the leach is done the host has less blood then he had before.  When you
> make a copy of my software you gain but I lose nothing.

Brett Carrington writes:
> Except a chance to be paid back for you hard work, in either money or
> source code improvements.

"Paid back" implies a bargain: that he told me "If you write this software
I will pay you back with x."  No such bargain existed.  I wrote the
software for my own reasons.  Now that it exists it costs me nothing to
share it with him.

> That's what you lose.

After he copies my software I possess everything I had before he copied
it.  Thus I lose nothing.  Absence of gain != loss.
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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