I WANNA NEW DRUG, ONE THAT DOWNLOADS WHAT IT SHOULD

“The key to piracy isn’t to do a drug-war strategy, with brute force out to crush the pirates. They key is to make a better drug.”

MP3.com CEO Michael Robertson, on the music industry’s need for an MP3 strategy that doesn’t make it nervous, wondering what to do — one that makes me feel like I feel when I’m with you, Wired News , 20 June 2000

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PATENT NONSENSE? BT’S ALREADY DONE IT

“What we expect is that ISPs will do the decent thing and take licenses for our intellectual property that they’re using. We’re looking for reasonable royalties on revenues that they’re enjoying from our technology.”

British Telecom flack Simon Craven, on the UK phone monopoly’s plans to garner a shekel for every click on the Web through a patent on hyperlinks, Wired News, 20 June 2000

GO HAVE SOMEONE ELSE GET IT!

“We’re outsourcing the spidering and cataloging of the big search engine. With the number of people it requires, we can’t make a business out of spidering the entire Web.”

Lycos manager Lincoln Jackson, on the company’s abandonment of its proprietary Web-search technology (now, if it would only outsource brand development to someone else as well), Boston Globe, 19 June 2000

EVERY TIME WE HAVE A HALF-OFF SALE, THE GOVERNMENT SUES US

“We’re simplifying [Windows CE license fees] so there is one pricing model for everything. We’re not fans of communicating specific price numbers.”

Bill Veghte, VP in charge of Microsoft’s second-rate Internet appliance software effort, on recent pricing changes designed to make Windows CE marginally less unattractive to developers, News.com, 14 June 2000