Charlie Stross wrote:
> 1) How to make arrangements for the recognition and remuneration of
> developers of new intellectual goods, while handling the essential
> problem of copyright, which is that the cost of replicating information
> tends towards zero but the value of the information (and effort
> required to produce it) does not.
> If I had an answer to question (1), which is the big chestnut in this
> fire, I'd be crowing it from the rooftops. Unfortunately I don't, this
> side of a nanotechnology revolution (which puts the _whole_ economy in
> the same basket as intellectual property, thus completely changing the
> ball game we're playing).
> Any suggestions?
Barter. (Complex, cyclic, cancelling, virtual dollars as an approximation.)
The Grand Information Exchange - if I publish a book read by a thousand people, it entitles me to read a thousand books. This scales up to any order of replication without sending shocks through the economy.
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