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Reviving Stewardship

Posted on February 19, 2007 by Vinnie Lacey.

In the business of custom publishing, we here at BeTuitive always have to be mindful of copyright and plagiarism. After all, word-smithing is part of what we do, day in and day out.  Not to mention that a crucial aspect of our credibility is ensuring the originality and authenticity of the work we produce, both for ourselves and our clients.

But are we, as the model of capitalist societies, too obsessed with the claims of private ownership in our created works?  Has the rush to stake claim to their seemingly inalienable rights destroyed the public domain that these works also naturally reside in? 

The author Jonathan Lethem gives an excellent treatment of these questions in this month's Harper's Magazine.  Lethem's mini position paper, "The Ecstasy of Influence," got me thinking about what we are quick to deem worthy of protection these days. The article does get rather heavy at times, as a good position paper should, but I found some of his ruminations very interesting and worth the time.  One of my favorites is Lethem's distinction between a market economy and a gift economy.

Check it out.

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