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Dan Robles December 23, 2009 at 11:00 am

Mark;

Thanks for the comment. I am familiar with both sides of the argument and empathize with everyone struggling to make a living.

The article is a reality check limited to bloggers but your expansion is certainly a worthy discussion. Yes it is a well worn issue with many facets and I certainly agree that the web should monetize, but I am not certain that monetization will arise in form of a cat and mouse game under a fictional government statute. Have you priced an IP challenge lately? Demonetization is a better description of what we have before us.

While unsettling, the truth is that if you can’t lock it up, then you can’t lock it up. If I drop hundred dollar bills behind me wherever I go, regardless of law, property rights, technology, or courtesy, I maintain an expectation of finding them when I return. That not how reality works.

It is also apparent that many people use technology that enables them to distribute their work to their clients all over the world for free. This is the same technology that allows them to expose their minds to the art collections of the world, scan global headlines minutes old, witness what others are doing, collect data, visualize trends, and make inferences from which they “manufacture” their blog post – for free. This is pure tax-free “profit” that everyone enjoys but nobody wants to pay for. Yes, of course we all wish we can click dollars like throwing darts at arcade balloons, but that is not an accurate view of reality.

I have never ignored a C&D and, in fact, have received very few comparable to the millions of dollars of my research that I have committed to the public domain. I do, however, have every right to challenge people who free ride the coat tails of the brilliant and generous minds that came before them without acknowledgment.

To those who simply recognize this simple reality – I will go to the end of the earth to share everything I know and help them in any way I can because others have done this for me. That is the currency that I trade in, that’s how I pay my bills, and that is the point of my post.
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Mark W Schaefer December 23, 2009 at 7:30 am

I think you are making light of a very serious issue — not the SM gurus — but the distribution of proprietary property without regard to law, property rights or even courtesy.

For people who do make money off of this stuff — like graphic designers — just showing samples of their work on a website can prompt wholesale rip-off of their livelihood. It’s difficult to “lock it up” when you are showing your work to viable clients, and it is impossible to protect otherwise.

There have been other cases when sensitive comapny information gets out and goes viral. It is getting increasingly difficult to “lock up” information these days with universal access to free, immediate global distribution channels. If something gets out and company asks you to stop spreading it, do you really think they’re pissed because they have nothing better to do?

Much has been said of the “free” economy but there is a very dark side that you are glossing over here. It’s just not as simple or cut-and-dry as you position it to be.

Sorry to be negative, but this is such a vital topic to the digital economy and I guess I’m passionate about it. I understand the point you’re trying to make but think it is too simplistic of a view regarding an immensely complicated subject.

If somebody has LEGITIMATE proprietary claim to intellectual property and they send you a legal document asking you to stop, are you really suggesting that it si OK to ignore it?

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