[cap-talk] SSL protection racket
Karp, Alan H
alan.karp at hp.com
Mon Feb 25 20:29:39 EST 2008
David-Sarah Hopwood wrote:
> Let's not exaggerate. The defining characteristic of a
> protection racket
> is that there is an implied threat to do harm to anyone who
> fails to pay up.
> The patent system is a protection racket in this sense; the
> market is not. Simply throwing up irritating dialogs at users
> does not count
> as a threat to do harm.
Sure it is. "Pay up or we'll scare some of your customers away." In fact, if the Firefox 3 approach is adopted that becomes, "Pay up or most of your customers won't be able to figure out how to reach you."
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