The files in this area

Found at: sdf.org:70/computers/historical/hc/Read_This_First.txt

The files in this area were given to the net by Bruce Sterling
(bruces@well.sf.ca.us) He included the following "introduction" as a kind
of general "Acceptable use policy"

From the Agitprop Disk


The documents on this disk are not commodities.  They're not for sale.
They are not part of the "information economy."  Some of them were part of
the commercial economy once, in the sense that I got paid for writing some
of them, but they've since been liberated.  You didn't have to pay any
money to get them.  If you did pay anything to see this stuff, you've been
ripped off.  If you didn't get this data for free, send me some e-mail and
tell me about it.  Information *wants* to be free.  And I know where you
can get a lot more. 

You can copy them.  Copy the hell out of them, be my guest. You can upload
them onto boards or discussion groups.  Go right ahead, enjoy yourself. 

You can print them out. You can photocopy the printouts and hand them
around as long as you don't take any money for it. 

But they're not public domain.  You can't copyright them.  Attempts to
pirate this stuff and make money from it may involve you in a serious
litigative snarl; believe me, for the pittance you might wring out of such
an action, it's really not worth it.  This stuff don't "belong" to you.  A
lot of it, like the Internet electronic zines I've included, doesn't
"belong" to me, either.  It belongs to the emergent realm of alternative
information economics, for whatever *that's* worth.  You don't have any
right to make this stuff part of the conventional flow of commerce.  Let
them be part of the flow of knowledge:  there's a difference.  Don't sell
them.  And don't alter the text, either; that would be a hopelessly
way-dork move.  Just make more, and give them to whoever might want or
need them. 

Now have fun. 

				Bruce Sterling -- bruces@well.sf.ca.us
				FAX 512-323-2405