Hey Tumblr Users, Why Is This Man Smiling? Because he sold your content and you worked for him for free.

Quote: “Now bend over and ‘collaborate.'” Yes, it’s writing like that which endears this post to my heart and makes it reblog worthy. I’m not a big user of the Instragram so my umbrage is largely muted. Even so, I do find the regular movements of the cloud (aka rain) to be ever so fascinating.

Music Technology Policy

Great news for Tumblr users–the eponymous Mr. Dave Karp just sold your content for $1.1 billion!  In cash!  And of course, he’s sharing that money with you, right?

No, he’s not.  But then again, record companies, movie studios, newspapers and music publishers don’t share the proceeds with their artists, journalists, songwriters or actors, when they’re sold either.  Of course…that’s not an apt comparison because all those companies paid for the “content” they’re selling.  As Francis Cianfrocca noted adroitly on Coffee and Markets, much of the value of companies like Tumblr is based on the appropriation of user content (and I think you could add YouTube to that list).

I really enjoyed the part of the Copyright Principles Project that dealt with artist rights issue of compensating users when the product of their free labor is sold for big bucks…no wait, that wasn’t covered.

So meet the new boss…worse than…

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6 responses

  1. You know, if you put your creative content out there for the world VOLUNTARILY on a site that you use FOR FREE — who’s fault is that?

    Maybe all those folks should try a fee-for-access model for all those great posts and see how many hits they get.


    1. You raise a very cogent and well thought out point. In other words, I’m not listening! Na na na na na na na!


      I’ve been using the free access model (yo fam!) here in the Abyss for quite some time, and I think it has been proceeding swimmingly. I’ve failed to achieve a single dream. Around these parts that’s called a win.


  2. I, too, have been giving my content away for free. Not many takers even at that great price! 😉


    1. You need to reduce your prices even more. Deep cuts! Our blogs need more sequestration!


      1. I did drastically cut the rate of growth of my blogging… By comparison, the Federal Government is still spending more this year, even with sequestration, than last year. I just can’t keep up with that.


  3. Unfortunately we don’t have the same options as the federal government. We can’t print new subscribers like they can print fresh money. We’ll have to continue to do things the old fashioned way and earn them.


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