Arnold Kling

Who Needs Creative Commons?

Arnold Kling, Great Questions of Economics
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In this essay, I argue that new licensing tools will not help content authors.

Creative Commons is based on a naive ideology that believes that raw content is gold, which then gets stolen by the evil media companies. In reality, the economics of content are that most of the value-added comes from the filtering process, not the creation process. If you want to overthrow incumbent publishers with Internet-based alternatives, you are better off starting from the assumption that Content is Crap.

Discussion Question. The essay argues that content publishers add value by filtering the content of authors. Is this the main way that they add value?

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