The Simple Economics of Open Source

Albert Wagner alwagner at
Mon Apr 24 15:53:04 CEST 2000

You STILL don't understand.  Artifice can only copy.  It cannot invent.
An end product can be copied, even a style can be copied, but not the
creative process itself.

Raffael Cavallaro wrote:
> >Talent is not a "secret" that can
> >be hoarded or shared.  It is visible in the end product, yet no amount
> >of sharing how it was done will allow the process to be duplicated.
> Oh, so that's why museums have been repeatedly fooled to the tune of
> millions of dollars over the years by forgeries of the works of great
> artists.
> Fact is, knowing how great art is made allows reasonably skilled
> individuals to make effectively indistinguishable copies, or fake
> originals. This simple fact was well known to artists in the past, and
> it's why they guarded their secrets well.
> It is only in an era when many artists have little or no technical
> talent that such an obviously false statement as Mr. Wagner's could even
> be thought to be true.
> Ralph
> --
> Raffael Cavallaro, Ph.D.
> raffael at

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