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As long as there is a competitive advantage to be had,
and IP DOES have significant competitive advantages,
one of which is to control the outcomes of outsourcing,
the hardball players will use it. Everyone (or at least the
money players) will have to feel the pain before the
decision makers will pay attention. So maybe it is
better to elect someone who is already aware of our
pain and is at least talking about a plan to do
something about it.
There is an indirect competitive advantage to
controlling IP given outsourcing of programming
labor to cheaper markets. How to use that wisely
is the question. Where IP can be combined with
open source, there is a much more level playing
field. What you have to figure out is to whom
does that advantage accrue under given scenraios.
From: Chiusano Joseph [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Don't expect much from the US until we get past the current
And possibly not much afterward either.