Once a thing that can be copied is brought into contact with internet, it will be copied, and those copies never leave. When copies are abundant, stuff which can’t be copied becomes scarce and valuable. Understanding what can and cannot be copied can help contributing to a Commons.

So what cannot be copied?

Immediacy

Getting a copy of something delivered to your inbox the moment it is released.

Personalization

Aspirin is cheap, but aspirin tailored to your DNA can be very expensive.

Interpretation

What does something mean? What can I do with it? How do I use it? Like paid support for free software.

Authenticity

Software guaranteed to be bug free, reliable and always the correct version

Accessibility

Access a bike instead of owning it. Borrowing a book instead of storing it.

Embodiment

A live performance or a pdf document printed on bright white cottony paper, bound in leather.

Patronage

Support a creator because it feels good. Contribute to things you believe in.

Findability

Being found is valuable. Direct attention to a work.


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