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Comment Re:Abolish all patents and copyright (Score 1) 215

I've yet to hear a vaguely plausible defence for replacing copyright by contracts. I've also never seen the idea seriously forwarded outside of Slashdot discussion.

So you've missed the various pirate parties getting mandates in many European nations in some places even nationwide, not to mention two seats in the European Parliament.

Comment Re:The best part of the article is at the bottom (Score 1) 555

I'm sure that's where we're heading, but slowly. But there are some drawbacks selling directly to customers.

Dealing with whiny and irrational end customers can be a horrible experience. A company that can get away with it while still making money may very well feel that it's better to pay the overhead of a middleman. You also take a risk with your brand, if you don't spend enough on customer support, your brand is tarnished by that, even if your cars are solid.

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