1. Some people want to move forward, with the best ideas and the best people. I would say that is rare.

    Unfortunately, most groups and companies are not like that. A company usually has an old guard with money and the people who are the best at complimenting their dull and customer-squeezing ideas.

    They don’t have new ideas beyond decoration and packaging for old ideas. When they come out with a new version, it is usually b/c the old version was broken (like windows and security). Or the new version is released to charge users more for less (like DVDs and region coding).

    Long-term copyrights and patents just reinforce the Laurel-sitting, and customer-screwing strategy. Companies should be forced to make new contributions to their fields if they want government protection for their work.

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