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  • Software is a legitimate product that has value in and of itself. There's no reason why software should be free, anymore so than anything else. Since nothing else free, we need to stop giving away our labor.

    Software is a token of your labor. It's intangible, and in infinite supply. Market that which is scarce: Your labor. Do not market that which is in infinite supply (bits) because Selling ice to Eskimos is a laughable business strategy. The bits have no value in of themselves, nor do the copies of the software.
    This is Economics 101: If ( Supply == Infinity ) Price = 0; // Regardless of cost to create.

    The reason software should be free is so that you can stop wasting your labor trying to sell ice to eskimos. Instead, do as any other labor industry does, from mechanics to home-builders to FLOSS devs: Get assurances that you will be paid for your work before you do the work. Once you have done the work and been paid, a mechanic does not charge you each time you drive the car, a home builder does not charge you extra for selling your house or if you do your own improvements. Cars do not have their hoods welded shut so you're beholden to the dealer to provide fixes instead of hiring a 3rd party mechanic you trust. Once you have been paid to built the software you give it away "for free" because you have been paid already: in the same way a fast food restaurant gives you your damn meal to do with as you please after you've paid for it -- including the option to go home, figure out the recipe and make your own additional food.

    If the copies of software have value then BitTorrent networks would be the richest organizations in the world. They're not. Data is not scarce. What's scarce is your ability to configure the bits. Market that. Market your labor, do not seek rent or employ artificial scarcity.

    The current pay-per-copy software market is not in line with the "get paid for doing work" idea that's inherent in all other labor markets. The cost of a copy does not reflect the cost to create it, or the cost to initially configure the bits. When you look at it rationally, economically: The pay-per-copy software model is the one that makes no sense.

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