The computer together with the Internet may be the most amazing invention in human history. We now have the means to allow all human beings access to all information of our entire race! No matter if you’re a (not too) poor farmer in Africa or a bank executive, the only thing you need is a computer and Internet access, and it costs nothing more (well there’s electricity). Yet we choose to limit this fantastic invention and deny the poor farmer access.
If food was free would we then limit it, for fear that there might not be enough new dishes invented? Surely we could come up with ways to cope with living in a world were food was truly abundant? And surely we would choose a better option than starting to charge for that which is free? Fake scarcity can’t be the only solution.
“Piracy” is but a natural reaction to copyright. I suggest we discuss how one could better allocate resources than pretending software is a physical “product” that can be sold.