Creative people (and I mean all sorts of creative people, from sculptors and choreographers to inventors and mathematicians) are stuck in a dilemma: they would like to share their creations openly, and they need to make a living.
No wonder many of them freak out at peer-to-peer file sharing systems and other technologies and movements that are about open sharing. They see these movements as existential threats.
Imagine an infrastructure that makes it easier for them to make a living, so they might contemplate releasing their works more openly. This post builds toward that goal.
The links I mention in the video:
- Creative Industries: Contracts Between Art and Commerce, by Richard Caves
- The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, by Lewis Hyde
- Common As Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership, also by Lewis Hyde