Just because something has value doesn't mean it has a price

Fine article from Cory Doctorow on positive externalities and how things like DRM arise out of resentment of people gaining value from the incidental side-effects of things you have done. I particularly like:

You translate a document because you need it in two languages. I come along and use those translations to teach a computer something about context. You tell me I owe you a slice of all the revenue my software generates. That’s just crazy. It’s like saying that someone who figures out how to recycle the rubbish you set out at the kerb should give you a piece of their earnings.”

Address of the bookmark: http://m.guardiannews.com/technology/2013/jan/08/why-charge-everything-kill-creativity

I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology and teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems, of which I am the Chair. I am married, with two grown-up children, and live in beautiful Vancouver.

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