Someone at ask.metafilter.com is wondering about a world without copyright. My answer was that some people that produce media already behave like copyright doesn’t exist. This is how they get paid:
- There is 1000 true fans.
- TED conferences only have 1000 participants and then give away the videos to 800,000 views a day.
- Lexis Nexis database subscription.
- World of Warcraft database subscription.
- Group action patronage.
The future will increase the ability to copy. Even physical objects will be shared. But this is not the end for new physical objects. It will be a renaissance of creation. Culture always stands on the shoulders of the creations of other people. The more that can happen, the more culture we will have. Have you heard of a copyright on the recipe for a hamburger? Yet, how many restaurants can you find within a one mile radius of where you are right now that will create one for you to order?
The future is bright.