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- To: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: xurly-burly
- From: ted@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 21 Nov 95 10:13:05 JST
- Reply-to: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Jumping into the dialog between Andrew and David:
> > This may seem like idle nonsense, but it raises the questions of "What
> > are the limits of transcopyright?", and "Are all bits equally
> > valuable?"
> In the Xanadu system, the value of bits is assigned by their author.
Correction: publisher. We utterly support self-publishing,
but the legal distinction is important: whoever actually publishes
is the PUBLISHER, whether or not the author takes the legal heat.
> It is then up to the readers to decide if they are willing to pay the
> price! The network may be a "perfect market", where it is always
> possible to discover the price of all sources of the same or similar
> merchandise. (There is an interesting experiment along these lines
> where a program consults all the CD retailers on the Internet and
> gives you the lowest price for any CD of your choice.)