[rumori] Oh shit! Maggots proliferating!

Steev [rumori] Oh shit! Maggots proliferating!
Fri, 28 May 1999 10:51:31 -0700 (PDT) (00927913891, Pine.LNX.4.05.9905281041120.7737-100000atflotsam.detritus.net)

On Fri, 28 May 1999, Andrew Lander wrote:

>>From: Pan <jaimelmatumich.edu>
>>I noticed that both sites even disdain anyone copying the HTML.
>>Of course, the argument is that they are "artists" (or is that
>>"arteeests") and have a right to protect their art. In reality, in a

>There is a mental disconnect between their claimed rights of ownership and
>actual reality.

besides this point there is one that i think is even stronger for the
people who might be most swayed by the Grey arguments. that is that,
as a i mentioned before, the Internet would not be where it is today
without freely exchangable ideas and code.

Tim Berners-Lee and the rest of the CERN physics geeks who INVENTED the
web could have *patented* HTML, made it secret (no "view source") and tried to sell it. But if they had there would have been no explosion in
Internet use, no cyberspace, no internet economy, certainly no stupid
graphic designers making a living off web site development. The whole
reason the web took off was that it was SO easy, and it didnt require any
proprietary development kits or what-have-you (and that is precisely why
something like Java hasnt taken off).

So the ironic thing is that the very thing that capitalists claim is bad
is exactly what has given them this whole new world to exploit and
colonise. Now that they've become rich from what they've been *given
free* they want to grab it and make it not free.

> Bits and pieces of whatever I've been browsing lately show up in bizzare
>combinations. (Once the cover of Plunderphonic popped up and shortly
>thereafter an arrow with the words "CLICK HERE" pointing directly at
>"Michael Jackson's" crotch. Yikes! I'm not making this up.) Would

Andrew, you have a very creative computer.


Steev Hise, Would-be World-Wide Web Wizard (WWWWW)
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