Friday, April 4, 2008

Information wants to be FREE, dude

... as once said by a big Linux hippy.
I came across this story just a moment ago and it really makes me think.

It goes something like this:
Kid takes notes in class and sells notes to website so other kids can ready the notes and presumably skip class and not fail.

This scenario brings up some interesting questions.
Who owns this information? I can say with 100% certainty that the words on that piece of paper belonged to the student. There may be portions of the notes that are direct quotes, but the rest is the student's interpretations of the professor's words. Therefore, the words belong to the student.

What if the student applied the professor's ideas and built a really awesome rocket or even wrote a book? Is the professor entitled to royalties? We all stand on the shoulders of giants...

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