Free culture benefits everyone but the middleman

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August 18, 2016
Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Swiss photographer Samuel Zeller has discovered the benefits -- to his livelihood! -- of putting his work in the public domain. He's put a lot of his work into the public domain via Creative Commons CC0 licenses, and published it on the Unsplash hosting site. The resulting 63 million views and 613,000 downloads have driven enormous traffic to his online portfolio and given him all the new business he can handle. In short, 'giving away' your past work for free amounts to free advertising for your paid services. That's a fairly common -- and successful -- strategy: giving away free content, but bundling it with other paid services. ... Trying to make money by paywalling your content and punishing those who share it is a guaranteed strategy for reducing sales." (08/18/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45961  

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  • dL

    “Trying to make money by paywalling your content and punishing those who share it is a guaranteed strategy for reducing sales.”

    Not always…there are things people will pay to subscribe to…i certainly pay for monthly subscriptions. If people r willing to pay, I think it is a kind of economic stupidity to give it away for free(if economic gain is your motivation). Obviously, I do not agree with externalizing the enforcement onto others using IP laws. And obviously, in some cases, as Carson outlines, it does work. However, I would go as far as to say it is the rule. Now in my business, it generally is the rule.

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