Coach Jeff ROC wrote:
You are using free to mean that you didn't have to pay to obtain the product; it was given to you by Flotrack as a gift.
However, the production of that gift was never "free" to Flowtrack. Those people invested time and money. They paid in order to produce the product; then, they chose to make the product a gift to you. Actually people invested actual time and money to make something; in this sense, it was never "free."
The word "free" can be very tricky if you don't pay close attention to exactly how it is being used.
Also, Flotrack doesn't "make you pay" for their product. You can choose not to obtain the product.
Finally, when Flotrack goes out of business, you lose the option of obtaining this product. I'm not sure how that will be a great day for anyone.
Public universities are supported by tax payer money. We pay for these athletes already. However, I'm not asking to be able to watch Flotrack's crap for free; I just don't want them interfering with other people who would also like to record the races and post them.
This malarkey happens all the time; we pay the funding for R&D by government or university, some corporation buys the patents for it, and then charges us again. What's worse, they don't usually even do anything to improve the product; in fact, they make it worse by either suppressing it because it interferes with their existing business model, or cloud it in misinformation to sale it to people who don't benefit from it.
It's corruption. Flotrack is corrupt also, but they're small potatoes.