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> Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> > At 9:30 AM -0800 1/17/03, Tim Bray wrote:
> > > The notion that you can make money by setting up a tollbooth on a
> > > piece of Web infrastructure (and thereby driving out all
> > > open-source/free offerings as a side-effect) is a radical proposal
> > > without even an existence proof.
> > Would either Flash or RealAudio qualify as an existence proof? If not,
> > why not?
I don't think so, because Tim's "Tollbooth" implies a monopoly: that it is the only
way to get onto the highway. There are multiple graphics formats, so people
can go round a tollbooth established there. Similarly with audio and streaming.