Saturday, October 20, 2007

The hot topic of copying has come up yet again. I think the hotness of the topic is based on a clash of world views. There seems to be two streams of thought in the crafting world- the gift economy model and the market economy model. The gift economy model sees ideas as free floating, and the sharing of knowledge as an important part of the process. The market economy model focuses more on competition and protecting one's copyright. These don't go together and people end up talking past each other. Is craft a product to sell or a gift you give to the world? It's both I say, both!

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