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Information Wants to Be Free

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This approach allows exposure forrepparttar authors and results in sales of products or services from their web sites. The method of producing and distributing web content is an accepted means of small business exposure forrepparttar 113287 little guy. Sometimes we are infiltrated by publicists and distributors of PR for large content "owners" seeking wider distribution and access to a small business market segment.

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Another talk at this conference by Stewart Brand, author of "How Buildings Learn, What Happens to Them After They Are Built" who is often quoted as saying "Information wants to be free". He would be a welcome contributor atrepparttar 113291 "Free-Content" list and would probably upset a lot of list participants torn between small business ecommerce, copyright issues and other business concerns about "ownership" and protecting that ownership.

Authors who contribute to free content request that their articles only be used if their "Resource Box" is maintained and a link to their site is listed. It is doubtful that any would persue violators in court if that condition were not met, simply because most lack repparttar 113292 financial resources to do so. No money, no law suit. Simple.

Is it free or not?

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