McKenzie Wark on Wed, 14 Jun 2000 14:30:48 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> [talk given at tulipomania dotcom]

Michael makes a good point about the relationship between the economy
of attention and the fringe benefits associated with attention -- the
conferences, the travel and so on. But i think he's missing one thing:
there's a difference between choosing to give intellectual property
away free, and having others appropriate it. I'm not arguing for the
replacement of the gift economy by a commodity one. Rather, for the
right of intellectual producers to choose when to participate on a
gift economy. Photocopying in universities is of course just one 
example. The merits of the gift economy has been widely canvassed on
nettime; the role of property and its protection as an element in
economic autonomy, less so.


"We no longer have roots, we have aerials."
 -- McKenzie Wark 

On Tue, 13 Jun 2000, Michael Goldhaber wrote:

> Wait a minute! Clearly, McKenzie Wark is getting paid for publishing on
> nettime. Otherwise why would he do it? I want my share.
> The truth is, of course, Wark hopes to be paid --in attention , and this
> is the main benefit to academics who publish anything While I agree with
> him that publishers should not be allowed to obtain unlimited rights
> just for publishing something, the vast majority of academics would
> barely make enough money for a good lunch out annually from their
> writings even if royalties were assiduously collected. Still, many gain
> considerable attention directly or indirectly through their
> publications, which leads to rewards of all kinds.
> If Wark is serious about copyright vigilance for reproduction, he should
> eschew publishing on nettime. But giving up the international attention
> would be a mistake that could lead, for instance, to his not being
> invited to the next international conference.  Likewise, keeping
> hisphotocopied words out of the reach of a few students who chooose not
> to pay for compiled "readers" (as they must on most US campuses ) might
> mena a loss of some of the best followers he might otherwise get.
> --
> Best,
> Michael H. Goldhaber
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