The Right Coast

August 09, 2005
Lessig, Communism and all that
By Tom Smith

Interesting overview from a while back.

I agree that there is something deep going on with diffuse, not really for profit cultural production. I certainly don't blog for money, nor do most bloggers. We will produce for fun, recognition, to bite ankles of tormenters, lots of reasons besides money. But this hardly makes anything communist, or makes property irrelevant. There are lots of norms in the blogosphere about linking, hat tips and so forth. That's recognition of a property interest.

At the same time, IP is weird property, a monopoly granted by the state. It doesn't follow that the longer you think that monopoly should be, the more you are a supporter of property.

I'm an infant in this area, but it's bery eenteresting.