[linux-elitists] Infringement as Marketing
Wed Dec 17 10:51:52 PST 2003
On Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 08:53:28AM -0800, Don Marti wrote:
> Karsten and others have pointed out the effectiveness of
> copyright infringement as a marketing tool for proprietary
> software vendors. Here's a good example -- a report from the
> land where all software costs a dollar.
> ...virtually no Iraqis know anything about the debate over
> open versus proprietary software. Since Iraq never signed
> on to the copyright conventions common in other countries,
> Iraqis have no sensitivity to the issue.
What about the language issue?
There was a good article in the economist about how many initiatives are
underway to translate Free Software into dozens of languages, far
surpassing the proprietary possibilities. Complete internationalization
of the OS is often a good selling point.
The economist article is available only to subscribers...
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