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Licenses and driver source codes are assets that costed them money and are still valuable, that's their reasoning, I guess.

We (society) could ask them nicely to sell this stuff, and then raise money and buy them.

Nobody demands you to give out the stuff that you don't use for free, why should we demand it from a company?




>Nobody demands you to give out the stuff that you don't use for free, why should we demand it from a company?

The two aren't comparable. IP is not the equivalent of physical objects.

A better way to reframe it is that the company is effectively keeping ideas hostage.

They aren’t doing anything with them, but are preventing anyone else from making something as good to do the same job, for no good reason.

>Nobody demands you to give out the stuff that you don't use for free

People are demanded to give up land for the public good. It's "eminent domain" in the US, but called different things elsewhere. Compulsory Purchase Order in the UK.


They paid, say, $10 million to make it, and now it's theirs. If you want it so badly – buy it. If public is not willing to pay a small fraction of this, like $100, then public doesn't need it.




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