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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: 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?

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