> Unless you have carefully documented how much of your training and education and informal contacts also went into that thing you made, and carefully ceded the correct portion of your copy control to those contributors, then you are whistling up the wrong tree and barking past the cemetary.
Hmm... you know, I did indeed pay for my education through tuition and taxes. Also, if someone gives something to me out of altruism, I have no problem with that. I use and contribute to free software because the conditions and compensation is reasonable, on either side of the fence. Not all my coding is free software, however.
> Yes, you built it, and you should be proud of it, but to claim that no one gets to use any of what you built when they build their own improvements is to pretend that you built it entirely de novo; a virgin idea, to borrow a phrase.
If there was a way to make sure I got recompensed for my part in it, I wouldn't mind. Indeed, the best way I know if for things to get assigned value is through the free market.
> I wonder how many borrowed phrases you have in your own post. Did you invent all those words yourself, the grammar, the fonts, website, and internet which you used to post and we used to read?
Likely he didn't. All those were made by the altruism or profit-seeking of other people. How is this an argument against the current system? LWN could not exist if the editors did not get money to buy food with.