Those damn indians weren’t using the place anyway

The Risks Digest Volume 24: Issue 90:

I have not yet had a student object to using on intellectual property grounds. If ever I do, I will ask how much money the student expects to make from the sale of the paper

This just annoys the heck out of me. The idea that your property is only your property if you exploit it commercially is at best badly-conceived and at worst incredibly pernicious. “You can’t make any money off it, so give it for free to someone who will” seems to be a common business plan on the internet (see Google books and much of web N.0), but that hardly qualifies it as a great moral principle.


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