Freedom or Copyright? - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

David Gerard dgerard at
Fri Feb 8 22:16:29 UTC 2008

On 08/02/2008, Matthias-Christian Ott <ott at> wrote:
> Alex Hudson <home at> wrote:

> > Again, I have no problem with a gift economy, except for the suggestion
> > that it should be "the way" rather than "a way". There are substantial
> > problems with gift economies which many academics have written about:
> > there's nothing wrong with making money that way, but it's no perfect
> > solution.

> Do you have some openly accessible academic works that you cite. Maybe
> you could sum it up in your own words or so. Because the only thing
> that's wrong with such a gift economy with our economical framework is
> the consciousness of the people. But as the first artists stop making
> art, people will recognise, that it's absolutely necessary to donate.

I too would be *most* interested in actual citations to this claimed
academic viewpoint, because I'm amazed never to have encountered such
a thing ever before.

- d.

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