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Interesting. I wonder if offering something free or to the public domain can
constitute a monopoly. Since there is no monetary gain, no business, there
can not really be a monopoly since by virtue of the definition:

 plural mo·nop·o·lies

1.	Exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling a
commodity or service.
2.	Law. A right granted by a government giving exclusive control over a
specified commercial activity to a single party.
3.	a. A company or group having exclusive control over a commercial
activity. b. A commodity or service so controlled.

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version licensed from Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., further
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Inasmuch as there is no sale or commercial gain, there can be no monopoly.

A library is not a monopoly and does not prevent the sale of books, however,
it probably reduces the number of sales to a degree.

Dennis

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Subject: RE: ENR Article - This is a good one for the Marketing Thread.


I mentioned the idea of peer-to-peer coordination, like a public library, to
help one another overcome some of the delays. It may be in the form of free
services, or simply contracted services for small portions of the work that
needs support.
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Watch it, or RenoJustice will be after you on this one.

I'm only half joking.

The objection could be "anti-competitive practices", even if it's "free".
You'd be cornering the market, and then what would happen when a "monopoly"
resulted? Janet and her minions at your door.