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No thoughtful conjecture, rant, rail or ponderous post will create a solution stemming the theft-tide. Antalya Escort One of the new rules of marketing is to distribute for free, as much of your materials and ideas as possible. Thanks for reminding us that this strategy only works with the underlying generatives in place. The idea that musicians, movie studios, software companies, etc. Random Dude, the drive towards the free is not caused by IP legislation and will not be remedied by IP legislation. Hey Kevin. I just saw the YouTube video about web 3.

So, if a person that has never played the guitar, can click a button and sound like Jimi Hendrix, than what is the coolness about all this digital music really? Infact, I think that the more advanced this gets, the less interesting it becomes. We are still in awe over a youngster that can make the violin cry and we will definately be in even more awe when a person can actually do with their fingers that what we can do in an iPhone application.

So I say. Give it all out for free, it will give more value to the ones that work for it. In the meantime I will continue selling my music to try and make a living. Hi Kevin, thank you very much for this! I have found it inspiring, simple and useful! Regards, Thanks for the insightful post. This is providing great inspiration and direction for current business plans we are working on. Thank you, Mr. Kelly… both to you and your readers. This essay is sheer brilliance, Mr. I have sent it to many people since I first read it and have gotten even more value out of it re-reading it myself today.

Your site is amazing. I am very impressed to see this,i want to come back for visiting your site. Keep doing Good as well as you can.. I found this very inspirational and thought provoking. I would love to have you write an article along these lines stating how your concepts would help self published authors. Get back to me when you can. Great post, even 1. Brilliant post. I completely agree with your points. It is impossible to prevent the proliferation of mp3 super-distribution. Using these 8 generatives is a sure-fire way to still make money with music in the current economic climate and going forward in the future.

As a musician trying to get his product out I love this article because it speaks to me. What would make someone smoke this brand over that? What would make someone buy your disc over another and why would someone download your piece of music over another even if it is free? The truth is the only a handful of artists have ever made real money in the music business when you compare it the amount of people the business has buried. It is an industry based on failure. Technology only levels the playing field in regards to distribution you still have to build a fanbase for longterm success.

The eight generatives I feel are essential to anyone looking to build a career in this business today. One of the new rules of marketing is to distribute for free, as much of your materials and ideas as possible. I just wanted to comment on the above quote. Value is merely the top limit of the price.

When supply is scarce, the value will be very near the selling price. However, the more abundant a goods is air, water, copies , the bigger a difference you get between value and price. So, goods that become super abundant still maintain their worth. You have some interesting thoughts — and some interesting detractors.


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Some would argue that free copying has come and gone, but your point persists. Entire companies exist to service open source, which can be copied an infinite number of times. Most open source service companies provide a full feature, scalable enterprise version for a hefty license fee. This is then fundamentally different than your premise. From that perspective, information and applications may continue to be copied and illegally transmitted.

This embodies the three elements of a classic security program confidentiality, integrity, availability , but do so in a way that provides confidence that software or services will work when and as needed. Trust grows from having a product that delivers on expectations repeatably. Reliability is that foundation. This seems to dovtail nicely with the concepts of scarcity and abundance. If you spend all you time worrying that there are not enough people to buy what you are selling, you will wind up holding on to bad clients way longer than you should.

Where if you believe there is an abundance of business for everyone and that the people best suited to your talents and working with you will find you, you have so many more opportunities for increased production but also a more pleasant life! I think we need to differentiate between truly free and virtually free. Incremental cost of using them is nil or almost nil, but you and I support this invisible giant copy machine in a very real way.

Your point about personalization reminds me of Duarte. This is very smart and deceptively simple. In the digital economy, we had to learn how to copy trust and we did. For example, SSL would not work if trust could not be copied. So, this point needs a correction by Kelly. How do we copy trust? By recognizing that because trust cannot be communicated by self-assertions, trust cannot be copied by self-assertions either. To trust something, you need to receive information from sources OTHER than the source you want to trust, and from as many other sources as necessary according to the extent of the trust you want.

With more trust extent, you are more likely to need more independent sources of verification. To copy trust, all you do is copy the information from those channels in a verifiable way and add that to the original channel information. We do this all the time in scientific work: we provide our findings, we provide the way to reproduce the findings, and we provide the published references that anyone can verify. To copy trust in the digital economy, we provide digital signatures from one or more third-parties that most people will trust. This is how SSL works.

Feghhi, J. Feghhi and P. Ed Gerck, that is an interesting notion — that trust can be copied, if you copy all the info about it. Say you copy all the data in an ebay reputation, would that duplicated the trust perfectly? I think it would be conveyed only if the new host of the inforamtion — the ebay wannabe — had an equal reputation.

If some sleazy fly-by night company hosted the reputation even though it was perfectly copied, it would not hold the same trust. So I think it is more complicated. But it is worth thinking about. Thank you for writing this Kevin. Your essay helps me put my own value to the marketplace into perspective. I mean really our whole culture is based on it. A great example of how people will pay for great usability is the success of the iTunes music store.

There were failed music sites by the horde. Apple analyzed how free music worked on the Internet. Then they came up with something that was so much more usable that people have been happy to give the company 4 billion dollars to download music they probably could have downloaded for free.

Yup, the name of the game is copy copy copy…like Picasso said good artists copy great artists steal. Regards, Doppiafila. I would like suggest you add one moe thing to your list — consumers are willing to pay for Community. If you build a Community around your media, people will pay to be in it.

One of the reasons I paid for the NY Times Select online is because it allowed me to be one of the few to leave comments in their special sections. I think people would pay to be in a NY Times full blown social network. Also, sometimes I listen to music just to have something to talk about with my friends. Community is valuable, and something worth paying for. Really interesting ideas. For example, in some way you could think of BitTorrent as a user-supported immediacy system. You could also imagine a user-supported findability system that works on top of a social network.

In some ways those would not be purely free, but based on the idea that I am willing to donate unused CPU cycles and bandwidth to a larger cause. I agree with your ideas. The only problem is that most of them require extra efforts or resources. I am not sure if it is a better world where a hungry rock band should be good at figuring these other ways as well as creating good musics. So, I would like to suggest another, which is sharing profits with hardwares like PC, handset, network, storages. I have a belief that where there is usage there have to be profits.

At the moment, the problem with the music is that there are a lot of profits, which are just distributed unfairly. Market economy, which has been based on physicial goods, just has not developed well for digitized contents yet. We need to figure it out.

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I think it will take extra effort no matter what. If you figure out a better way, please let us know. Is the use of power lines in your picture on purpose? I know there have been advances in power line networking but mainline power transmission towers are not what people think of when they think of copying data. Kevin, thanks for the thought-provoking post. As someone working in a tech product launch and PR company, I sense there are now, and will be many more ways, to communicate generative value in ways that will benefit both business and consumers.

Thanks for the most interesting and thought-provoking article. Three that immediately spring to mind for digital images are Authenticity, Accessibility, and Findability. Next step is to acquire the new skill set you mention. If all these services for personalization and findability were really doing their jobs effectively, there would be no need for advertising. Instead, people would pay for these services rather than paying money to vendors who have to buy ads in order to find audiences. It would be a much more pleasant model. I would definitely pay to rid the world of advertising.

You wrote a wonderful article that summarize my thoughts too. Great post!! I just have to copy it. Your article is interesting. And most of what you say has validity. But I would not feel comfortable without once again bringing up the other side of the ugly coin which I think you should also address for the sake of artists and musicians everywhere who cannot afford to initially provide most of their work free. No one seems to ever deal with the financial costs of artists equipment although cheaper than before is not free.

Recording time , Mastering is not free. Hiring vocalists and other musicians are not free. Sure Stars and groups that have made up it already can give all of their songs away for free. Radiohead another example can give away 4 albums and they would still be ok. Musicians will give away music but they have to earn a living. If they are not performing they still have to make money. You see because once everyone thinks music all songs should be free.

Everything else will follow. Memberships free. Why buy your books? Musicals instruments are not free. Manufacturing a Cd is not free and costs have to be factored. Generatives are good but so is selling a few tracks, a membership , an umbrella , a frisbee, a watch because Mp3s are dead. My personal theory is forget i-tunes.

Not you, your fans , apple-itunes, major labels , snocap and paypal. Thanks kevin Peace! Rather it follows the path of attention. This is brilliant. I have to much to ponder on and take in — thank you so much for writing this! You are a particularly eloquent writer, and I am so happy that you provided the article in Italian too! If I may contribute a bit, I like very much the simple idea that you cannot steal an idea you can only share it…. I fully agree with you. Kevin, great stuff here. It is a really interesting place to be. To find the answer one has to look back in History.

Just not sure which bit at the moment. All I know is that this is best single piece of writing I have come across from looking at academic journal articles, magazines, newspapers that actually fits perfectly with my research on sustainable business models in the Creative Industries, I wish I could bring you to the UK to speak at all of my workshops!

And to top it all you are a spiritual person which makes me believe that if you follow your bliss, you end up with a brilliant blog! I will be reading anything you publish on paper or online or on whatever medium comes next. All the best. Thank-you for such a great analysis. Not everything will be free. Yes, information is easily copied, but information is nothing. The number of leaves on a tree in my back yard is hard information. No one cares and no one ever will. So, what makes information relavant? First, the information must serve a purpose. Next, information must take a useful form.

Finally, information must be better than alternative competing information. However, a lot of internet information fails the second test because the internet only copies CODED information, where the code can interpreted an electronic devide to be understood by a human. All types of information, for example different flavors, are impossible to encodem but the most important information that it cannot copy are functional skills. For example, I can explain guitar playing on the internet, but people have to practice that skill to obtain it in a useful form.

Finally, that leaves us with better and worse informaton. Quality matters. Newton is fine unless you are launching a space craft and then you need Einstein. Thank to this site Sesli Chat. I thank my friend told a very good admin.


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  • Fantastic article Kevin, and so very applicable to the current web application market. It truly is possible to charge and charge well for something that can be obtained for free. The key is to make sure your customers are getting something extra for their money, and to be convinced yourself that you are offering them something worth paying for.

    Just one note, though, in your paragraph on accessibility, you claim that the services like your fictional acme co. Thanks for this essay: some of its issues are ones I actually deal with at Grant Writing Confidential. The New York Times wrote an article on the phenomenon. But the long-term implications are still difficult to ascertain. Saying so is just another way of stating the question. Very interesting; thanks for this. Many of the Generatives above apply equally to this medium. So far Immediacy seems to work against photographers, whilst Personalisation, Embodiment, Authenticity and Patronage work for us.

    We think of ourselves as a library, so some questions in that vein: What are the generatives of libraries?

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    How does that taxes, presumably costs we care enough about to socialize? Some websites that serve a library-like mission archive. This is exactly the philosophy I am trying to promote in the Rights Office system [1]. A system that accepts that copies have no value and promotes the real value in the system; the original creative input and anyone who contributes to this creativity. It does this by producing an environment that benefits all users who actively contribute while keeping basic access to the content free for those in need. Well said! I have been trying to put words to what the new economy will be, and you stated it much better than I ever could.

    This is a very interesting essay. Thank you for sharing it here. I think the music industry can learn a thing or 2 about this free model…. You rock. Your blog rocks. I like your focus on intangibles. And to make money in this environment, I think you have to be willing to experiment in ways that may not make money, but will certainly, at the very least, create very interested and dedicated customers. Then I sell access to my video guitar courses through a membership site. I prefer to interact online to a global market. Nice article. I could not bear to send my parents to a nursing home.

    In home care is the way for me. The creator, say a writer sitting at a computer, still has production costs of food, electricity, rent etc, etc. If those paying one creator for their work, are also creators themselves dependent on patronage alone then the whole virtual economy is propped up in a circular fashion. Your argument in this sense seems syllogism. This is my subject area too, I have read your stuff before, but I lost touch with your latest thoughts.

    But that was truly an excellent piece. It does just develop basic CRM themes, but it takes it to the next level, which is exactly what I hoped you would do. One minor point, I know you touched upon the imortance of replicability, but there are some fundamental commodities such as natural space that do not follows these rules.

    But we understand the optimisitic view. Optimization takes a process already used by the client, and sells a better version that achieves the same goals with more efficiency. The optimized product -a planning- can also be endlessly copied, but it will not be as valuable for each new user as they will have different constraints that would need to find a different optimum. Another distinguishing element of optimization is that it can be precisely measured — maybe a mathematical model can be built and then minimized, or parts of the process can be compared to business best practices and tailored to fit them.

    I would call them emergent, but whatever. How about critical insight, original thought, satisfying aesthetics, and pleasurable experience? These are some of the reasons people produce and consume culture and the media that hosts it in the first place. No one will care if it sounds like crap.

    Good luck on finding digitally-transmissable instructions on making a song not sound like crap reliably, every time. Also look at any profession which deals with personal relationships. Wow, Kevin, you have been thinking about this for a long time and have really outlined the business plan for a zillion enterprises going forward.

    Esther Dyson has been saying stuff like this for a long while, too, but you have put it down succinctly here. A few pals and I started a company almost a decade ago called Garage Band and we got creamed by the studios because they would not climb aboard. They were scared. We were early. In the long run authenticity prevails!

    If I get monied wanabe copycats trying their hand at TsunaMiXing anything. They are not.. Some really nice thoughts here. My one concern is that many of the 8 qualities that you mention are features of data, and in that sense are subject to the same rules as information goods. Immediacy, for example … since distribution costs are essentially zero in the digital age, someone will always be able to provide information faster, at a reduced price, and still make a profit.

    Price pressure will always be downward for immediacy. The only way an industry would be able to prevent this would be through collusion i. Nice article with much food for thought. Very useful analysis! An analysis that every organization will need to do, some sooner than others. You are working through the dilemma that Stewart Brand identified when he said that information wants to be free AND information wants to be valuable. The marketplace will probably decide what generative qualities will prevail, but we should look at what qualities are possible, as you have done, and decide which ones we should favor through our good designs, based on what human qualities we value.

    Why do people still go to museums, or to the Grand Canyon? What is the information that is acquired by a real body in a real space? This is the quality of a good information architecture and a good user interface, the kind of value that Apple and Google products embody. I look forward to exploring more of your writing here, you raise some very important and provocative ideas, thank you! Incremental cost of using them is nil or almost nil, but you and I support this invisible giant copy machine in a very real way!!

    Excellent article. I think the other side of the coin is that there are actually products and ideas and services that are rooted in virtue: truth, love, knowledge, that are actually worth MORE when they are copied, not worth less. Then the axiom is true, you keep copying and lending copies of the dollar until its worthless. The alternative and the wisdom of the framers of the Republic, in my opinion is to stake the American experiment on a platform of things that actually increase in value the more copies we make and the more sharing we do — things like freedom, peace, and individual liberty.

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    Making copies can actually be a GOOD thing. I enjoyed this article a lot and have discussed it on my own blog Frontend. Terrific concepts and great narrative. Agreed, advertising is the only viable solution today, but the near future holds far more interesting value propositions. Kevin, you reaallly should read the Benjamin essay, not just the wikipedia graf on it. I enjoyed reading your article.

    Tools such as Digg will continue to develop and refine the ability for recommendation groups to flourish, organising the oceans of content based on their value. Maybe these are the new PSLs, but PSLs without ownership of content or an agenda of their own beyond findability like a library or an innocent Google. This is a nice list of ways to deliver value in an environment where content is available at effectively zero cost. Embodiment and patronage have been around since… ancient Greek theater? Findability on the internet has worked pretty well since Google in the old days we had library researchers.

    Interpretation sounds like your standard service-oriented contract. Personalization and accessibility can add value e. Zero-cost content will lead to new ways to capture value, but the old media market dynamics will simply reemerge in new guises. It was hard, it remains hard. The internet possibly even makes it a bit harder, but that really depends on your destination. But, as always a band needs fans to survive. In the past labels did that heavy lifting, but they also got sucked into manufacturing and distro, and today feel drawn to concert promotion. The truth is they were never especially good at ANY of those things!

    Manufacturing was the first thing the majors unloaded as they devolved to their present state, distribution is already following. Likewise, no one needs a label, especially one with their hands in every pocket as we see with current deals. But some entity that knows how to build a business fan base remains essential. The good news: The labels have largely disbanded, so the very best publicists and specialists in that work are available to everyone on the freelance market.

    The DIY dream dies hard. It helps to recognize it never really existed at all. Someone has to push the plastic or bits on the street. As for the notion of splitting revenues with hardware vendors, this is as problematic as subscriptions for artists. Great for Michael Jackson, not so hot for Ani Defranco who might actually get more spins due to a news story. There are no free lunches. IMO we need to re-examine royalty structures broadly, and make it easy for people to legally use music in new ways.

    We simply need to make compensating creatives as transparent, efficient, and frictionless as making copies of their work. Another generative that can be charged for is Community. I copied your comment. I think, that is exactly what you meant! I have post — or copied? A fascinating article — I read into it tips on thriving in a economy where services become highly commoditized and undifferentiated, both as a for-profit, a non-profit and entities within either type of organization.

    Very interesting article. Your points are valid but as a graduate student in the biological sciences I have to take issue with your use of DNA as an example. I assure you that both cases in which you use DNA you are not presenting logical thoughts. First of all, aspirin is not free; there are production costs involved and no company gives away aspirin.

    Also you will not find a single pharmaceutical company interested in paying you to sequence your genome. More likely it will be to your advantage to get your genome sequenced for predicting and treating diseases you have or will have. This will become a common medical practice that you and your insurance company pay for. Fabulous article … This is especially helpful with my new company, Territory Real Estate.

    I received a reply saying that my report and fix were both correct, but that my fix would not be included in the general source distribution. I shrugged and assumed that this was because that particular bug was known to them and generating a nice revenue stream. Many of the generatives rely on turning into profit centres things which should be cost centres in any customer-centred business, with the creation of possibly prototype goods being cross-subsidised from these.

    Or the customers. What about waste. Great article. Please clarify. When I send a mail to someone via my ISP, can someone somewhere other than the recipient read the mail? Counterpoint: The more people who have access to countless free alternatives e. I was on my knees checking out the numbers on a tire. Need a new one. Went to get up. Difficult for me to do in my old age. Pushed too hard. Shot forward before falling on my right side.

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