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From Ben Hyde <>
Subject rent to own.
Date Fri, 19 Jun 1998 09:58:45 GMT

Rent, own? - ha.

A powerful metaphore to help explain the
open source movement would be extremely

Explaining it as what evolved when the
intelectual property laws stopped serving
individuals becoming instead the servant
of the oligarchy hardly resonates with
most people.

Currently I've been saying that each
open source community is like a village
built around a river.  Nobody owns the
river, but everybody depends upon it.
They work to maintain it for that reason.

Would you like to live in a village
were somebody else owns the water?

  - ben

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