Jon Johansen 1, MPAA 0

Lucas Gonze lgonze@panix.com
Tue, 7 Jan 2003 14:19:37 -0500 (EST)


very old bits:
...
 WHENEVER those states which have been acquired as stated have been 
accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom, there are three 
courses for those who wish to hold them: the first is to ruin them, the 
next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live 
under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an 
oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you. Because such a government, 
being created by the prince, knows that it cannot stand without his 
friendship and interest, and does its utmost to support him; and therefore 
he who would keep a city accustomed to freedom will hold it more easily by 
the means of its own citizens than in any other way. 

http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/publications/Projects/digitexts/machiavelli/the_prince/chapter05.html
...


to ruin them: suing napster to death
to reside there in person: a bertlesmann gnutella servent
to permit them to live under their own laws: compulsory licensing/ IP tax

-l