OSI enforcement? (Was Re: Microsoft use of the term "Open Source")
nelson at crynwr.com
Wed Jan 2 16:04:25 UTC 2008
John Cowan writes:
> Russ Nelson scripsit:
> > "Compel" is such an ugly word. While governments may have a monopoly
> > on legitimate violence, violence is not the only way to change
> > people's behavior.
> Why the jump from compulsion to violence? You, for example, have the
> power to compel me not to post to this list,
You're mixing oil and water. I have the power to compel you not to
post to this list because it is run on my personal property, and I
have control over my property. Trademark law seeks to control an
externality. The government writes the legislation which applies to
trademark law, and it enforces that legislation using violence.
> but that's hardly an act of violence, though some might wonder
> about the justification.
If I were to do that, it would be because of what you had said, and
the record would be there for everyone to see.
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