Buying Content To Free It Is Not The Answer
from the bad-start dept
Slashdot is pointing to a recent email that Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales sent to a mailing list asking everyone there what content they might buy the rights to in order to set free if they had $100 million for such a purpose. The email suggests that Wales is in contact with just such a person or group, who is willing to donate $100 million worth of content to some sort of public domain. It’s got lots of people talking about the possibilities, but I’m afraid it’s really a big distraction. Rather than spend $100 million to put some small segment of content into the public domain, why not spend that $100 million to educate people on ways that intellectual property needs to be reformed, or on better educating people about the harm that intellectual property monopolies can cause? It seems like that would be a much more effective use of the money, rather than to just free up a random set of content.