Maximise value, not protection (fwd)

Here’s an excellent quote from the OpenGeoData weblog, really worth reproducing:

”We think the natural tendency is for producers to worry too much about protecting their intellectual property. The important thing is to maximise the value of your intellectual property, not to protect it for the sake of protection. If you lose a little of your property when you sell it or rent it, that’s just a cost of doing business, along with depreciation, inventory losses, and obsolescence.” — Information Rules, Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian, page 97.

Words to live by!

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  1. Posted November 2, 2006 at 23:44 | Permalink

    “If you lose a little of your property when you sell it or rent it, “.

    But there is something forgotten in the assumption. It is possible to have the desire to share it without being stolen. Not all people want to make money of their content, but they do not necessary want that someone else make big money of it.

    And last but not least, we might accept that John Smith makes money with our content and not BigCo Inc.