What alternatives are there, beside IP/copyright laws, to support the creative process?
I have been asked to put forward some alternataives to IP/copyright/royalty as methods to ensure on--going creativity for the sake of humanity.
The question "What is creativity" is a complex subject in itself. Here I wish to examine the conditions required for "creativity" to be undertaken and how to contrive those conditions in a balanced manner.
We will assume that the purpose of creativity has a net advantage for the human species.
This advantage can form a frame for the discussion and help identify systems that satisfy this goal.
Firstly, I'd like to offer patronage as the starting model.
The practice of patronage in history was a primary means by which specialist creatives were afforded the time to spare from primary survival activities (food shelter etc) in which to advance their contribution.
The practice was primarily undertaken by those with sufficient surplus - the wealthy. However, there is a recognised dynamic by which greater wealth induces less generosity, and the patronage becomes a self serving investment.
I will bring to attention the practice of busking. A busker conducts a performance that all can enjoy. Only those with generosity will toss a coin - this is an act of direct support with no regard for whoever else is gaining the benefit of the performance - and not donating.
It is a very different paradigm to the concert concept or the investment concept.
It might provide a basis for a system that satisfies the objective.
Happy to explore the dynamics of this model and how to extrapolate it into wider domains.
Also happy to investigate other alternatives.
What are your thoughts?