by Kelvin Smith
National statutes and international conventions govern what can be done with the results of creation, but, as digital bounds from one jurisdiction to another, there is a greater fragility of possession. Newly designated commons are welcomed as places of sharing and growth, though vulnerable to new robber barons, who use an intriguing range of possibilities to buy, borrow or steal. Property shared does not become shared property.
Income derived is not the same as benefit derived. Publishing purpose and publishing risk cannot be split, in spite of a frequent pusillanimous desire to sidestep daring. Lazy power and profit without responsibility underlie lessons learnt from demagogues.