Schaefer’s article only reiterated a lot of things I have already discovered on my own about a lot of companies now and how they put their users to work for them, without pay or credit to improve their software. Thank goodness I’m not a technological genius–I would be committing a heinous amount of online terrorism over this.
Why? As a writer/someone who creates (what I feel to be art) on a regular basis-I value my work too much to be giving it away for free to a bunch of executives who laugh all the way to the bank with my hard work and dedication to something. Sure–I had to come to terms a long time ago with the fact that no one is likely to give me millions of dollars for my short stories and whiny poetry–but giving credit costs NOTHING! That is the least that anyone or any corporation can do, right?
This reminds me of Atari and how they wouldn’t allow their programmers rights or credit to any of the games they designed.
Is this internet Karma? Is this what consumers get for all those music and movie downloads that they didn’t pay for? Now they have to take a turn at being victims of internet thievery? Maybe. I just can’t help but wonder how much longer it will be before nothing belongs to anyone anymore.