I think the most important lesson to learn from free software is that after people have enough money to put food on the table they're willing to put time into something with no monetary benefit
Further, this little free software experiment has shown we're more than capable of innovation and creation without profit motive
There's almost no work happening in open source and sex tech (much of the OS community balks at the idea their software could be used for sex purposes, be it the act itself or even just community), so it's great to see things like @switter opening up and using the resources available to help those in need.
@jordyd @a_breakin_glass I don't know about "etc", I like trademarks and regional designations. I like laws against deceiving consumers. And copyright would be ok if it had a much shorter duration, say, ten years.
Patents can also be awesome. I always cite the Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal shoes patent as patents working as intended: a magician revealing his tricks instead of taking them to the grave.
I don't think we need to completely get rid of copyright and patents, just fix them.
@duck57 @jordyd @a_breakin_glass No, they're also called "appelations of origin" or "geographical indication". It's like how Gruyère cheese can only be called that if it comes from Switzerland. Kind of like trademarks, but not quite the same thing.
It's one of the things that WIPO also regulates, part of the "etc" when people don't really think about what "IP" means.
@jordyd There's a corollary to this too: a business entity *only* acts for monetary benefit. If software developers can only derive their livelihoods from businesses they'll never build software that benefits people, only software that benefits the businesses in question.
Totally unrelated to the above: I would love to see a free design culture emerge to go hand-in-hand with free software, too.
I think this is a very good counter-example of the general statement saying "people would stop working or innovating if they don't have any incentive to do so".
There always are incentives, but most people think only in _monetary_ incentive.