> Your mobile phone theory is demonstrably wrong because mobile phones became pretty affordable despite strong IP protection. It didn't require parasitic business models to bring prices down from the $20K level.
That is actually your theory. You are claiming that it is better that public spend more (10 times more, no less) on the same thing. And it has nothing to do with IP protection. You are seeing the current situation as is and saying that nothing else can work, based on nothing but assumptions.
There is a reason we get cheap stuff from China these days. They can make the same thing for less. We cannot. How many are willing to pay 10 times more for essentially the same thing? Not many. And yet, you are saying we should continue doing it, because nobody wants to write open source software (demonstrably false).
> My point is that innovation has to be paid for in the end, and an entire economy can't follow the model of taking other people's developments and monetizing them because then nobody would create a product in the first place.
Red Hat contribute _all_ of their software back to open source and they wrote quite a bit. They also pay salaries of a large number of open source developers. What would you have them do? Just say "Oh, we won't use PostgreSQL, we didn't write it from scratch. Oh, we won't use Apache, we didn't write it from scratch." Please be serious. Red Hat are exploiting the fact that _other_ people found open source attractive. So can others. If everyone in the market contributed as much as Red Hat, open source would continue to be innovated just fine. Red Hat are well and truly paying their rent.
This thing where you describe Red Hat as some sort of parasite is offensive to anyone that knows that they put every last line of code back into open source.
You obviously have a problem with Red Hat because they are successful. You should really get over it. They didn't get there by stealing other people's stuff, like you are trying to portray. That stuff was there for picking, whether Red Hat wanted that or not. And once they got on it, they started doing the right thing - contributing back.