Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Positive Externalities And The Resentment They Cause

This is a great article by Canadian-born Cory Doctorow, describing the current fixation with "getting my cut" from things that we did or created without any expectation of financial reward. 

"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."

It's a fascinating read that may make you look at the topic in a new light (or, for the first time!).

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