The way one might argue it is that if the government helped fund mosaic
development at ncsa.uiuc and ncsa.uiuc licensed the result to a
commercial firm which improved it, shouldn't follow-on government
funded development benifit from the commercial improvement? Why should
government funded work always start from scratch and play catchup?
In any case, I'm not an optimist. I don't expect anything. But it
doesn't hurt to suggest it...