[LINK] better than free

Ivan Trundle ivan at itrundle.com
Wed Feb 13 08:21:47 EST 2008

On 13/02/2008, at 1:00 AM, Kim Holburn wrote:

> Interesting ideas on copying and technology:

An interesting capitalistic view. I think that humans do a better and  
more inventive/creative job of copying (without the need for  
commerce), thanks to procreation...


> http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/kelly08/kelly08_index.html
>> The internet is a copy machine. At its most foundational level, it  
>> copies every action, every character, every thought we make while  
>> we ride upon it. In order to send a message from one corner of the  
>> internet to another, the protocols of communication demand that the  
>> whole message be copied along the way several times. IT companies  
>> make a lot of money selling equipment that facilitates this  
>> ceaseless copying. Every bit of data ever produced on any computer  
>> is copied somewhere. The digital economy is thus run on a river of  
>> copies. Unlike the mass-produced reproductions of the machine age,  
>> these copies are not just cheap, they are free.
>> Yet the previous round of wealth in this economy was built on  
>> selling precious copies, so the free flow of free copies tends to  
>> undermine the established order. If reproductions of our best  
>> efforts are free, how can we keep going? To put it simply, how does  
>> one make money selling free copies?
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