EvertVd - 3:05 pm on Apr 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
I always had and have a perhaps non-conformist view of intellectual property and copyrights.
Personally I hope that the Internet will force us to take a step into a direction away from these concepts.
Information should be free and accassible to everyone, regardless of where it comes from (your mind or my mind), publishing information should be as easy as possible and only workhours and materials actually spent should be paid (this also applies to singers, actors, designers, etc...so yes it also includes me).
I still get paid a small amount of money each year from a heuristic I wrote in the 90s which took me a little over two hours to write. It's nice passive income, but I also feel somewhat of a cheat because I get money from doing absolutely nothing and only because I was the first to think of it.
Once expenses are covered and everybody got his/her salary for the time worked, everything should be free to distribute.
But I know I am a minority. And I understand why, there is a lot of money to be earned by doing nothing.