Lazaros Boudakidis

IT Manager, Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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Does information want to be free or does it love copyright?

From an almost no-rules status the Internet has come to be a place where copyrights seem to be taking over a significant amount of working hours even for everyday bloggers. Where is the boundary between allowing people to get credit for their work and getting hysterical over it? Why is material such as TED talks free to the world while other less significant content is protected so badly against sharing?

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    Feb 11 2013: Thank you for the very solid and realistic approach Joshua. It does partly answer the question.

    But what if we take a few steps back and try to remember how easy it was for people to accept having to pay in order to buy a newspaper and read the news a few years ago. Most of them -and almost all young people under 20- would now tell you that the news is something you read online for free.

    Newspaper publishing used to be a profitable business and in my humble opinion web publishing can also be, only the point of making profit seems to have shifted from selling the information itself to selling some ad space to customer-oriented advertising.

    I am just wondering if this means more free information or more direct marketing.
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    Feb 11 2013: How do you interpret the statement that information wants to be free? As information cannot itself want anything, not being a living creatures, what do you see underlying the claim?
  • Feb 11 2013: Creative people want to receive amounts of money that relate to the value of what they create.
  • Feb 11 2013: I think the question implies the fact that humans tend to view information (more and more) as being a free commodity. Consumers want information to be free. Entrepreneurs want (and have the right) to ascribe whatever dollar value they want to their creations, it is their incentive to create.

    Imagine the difficulty of developing an OS (like Linux) when you can't capitalize on your time spent. The only incentive is to contribute to the world, maybe boost your reputation. But monetize your OS (like Microsoft or Apple) and whole teams of people become interested in developing an OS. Open Source projects are growing and becoming a sort of free market, and yes information will become growingly more free. But information for the near future will be intrinsically tied to money, and so companies producing information will capitalize on their creations. Does that answer your question?