|Weblog:||Dragging the Butter|
|Subject:||Why we need a range of licensing models|
Response to: BountyQuest founder, is this opinion inconsistent?
Some people definitely create art, and literature, and programs, without the need for any IP protection whatsoever. We talk all the time about people writing open source software to "scratch their own itch." But it's also clear that many people write programs, and create works of art (books, movies, paintings, music) specifically to make money, and over time, a system of "intellectual property" protection has evolved to enhance the ability of these folks to maximize their return on their effort. Sometimes "maximize" goes too far. But it's also clear that there are some works that just don't get done when anyone can benefit as much (or more) than the creator. If you are creating something of value, and a freeloader can get it for nothing, they actually have a marketplace advantage over the creator, who has to incur the cost of development. Copyright and other forms of IP protection were originally designed to address this imbalance.
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Please don't muddy the waters
2001-11-28 21:44:26 fredsmoothie [View]
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