Today, My beloved Tamil author Mr.N Chokkan, asked a question in twitter.
புது நூல் / இசை PDF / MP3 கிடைக்குமா என்றுதான் 99.99% ட்வீட்கள். சும்மா ஒரு பாவனைக்குக்கூட, ‘எங்கே வாங்கலாம்?’ என்று கேட்பதில்லை
புதுப்பட / பாடல் / புத்தக download லிங்க் பகிரங்கமாகக் கேட்போர் ‘அரிசி அரை கிலோ வேண்டும், எங்கே திருடலாம்?’ என்று ட்வீட் எழுதுவார்களா?
He asks that
People ask for download link when a new Book/Movie/Audio is released.
99.99% tweets are regarding download links. Nobody asks for a link to buy them.
Will people ask for a how to steal rice, when they need to buy it?
This questions raised a lot of thoughts and sharing them here.
Sharing is a nature of human. When we are kids, our moms asked us to share the foods with our friends. They put extra food in our tiffin boxes for sharing.
She share the food with neighbors even today.
They all know that sharing is caring.
It is not about the cost. I have a thing with me. I will share it with anyone.
Its my right.
It historic days, Ramanajur, the Hindu saint, was asked to keep a secret of god.
He reached to a temple tower and announced the secret to all public, proving that all good things should reach all.
Check Chapter 11
All the world literature is being transformed for ages and ages to next generation just make sure that all the good should reach all. Nobody cared about the copyright laws.
Let us come to the modern era.
There are Analog Products and Digital Products.
Let us compare an Analog Book or Motor Bike.
To make a Motor Bike, the manufacturing company should invest atleast 30-40% of the selling price. For each MotorBike, the company should invest the same 30-40% cost of the bike.
Once I bought the Bike, Its my own property.
- I can ride it anywhere.
- I can share it with my friends.
- I can make it into parts on to know how it works.
- If I am a mechanic, I can repair or rework on it to customize it.
- I can resell it.
- I can donate it.
I can do whatever I want.
Let us come to a Digital Product.
It is a Software/Music/Ebook.
Let us say the Company invests 30-40% of the selling cost to create the first copy of the product.
What is the cost the company invests for the second copy? 0 Rs or 10 Rs for the CD or DVD. But they sell all the copies to the same rate. How this is correct?
Fine. Its their wish to sell for any cost. As a buyer what rights I get?
- I should not make copies of it.
- I should not share it.
- I should not modify it.
- I should not study it.
When a mechanic can study a Bike, As a software engineer why should not I study the software I buy? Why I dont get the source code?
When I buy a music cd, why I should not share it with my friends, when I share my Bike? Why I should not resell the CD, when I sell my bike?
Business people may come with some weired answers for these questions.
They need to make tons and tons of money with one time effort and to sell million times.
They say with lot of buzzwords like intellectual property, copyright laws etc, just to make sure that the digital products are not copied and shared.
Fine. It will be nice, if anyone replied here on what are the fears of a Digital Product creator to sell his products for a cheaper price with all rights to the buyer?
Do you think that we can not make money when there is no secret?
Take the Food Industry.
Most of us know, how to make Idly, Sambar, Rice and all other delicious Food.
But still there is Saravana bhavan making money. HotChips makes money.
Name a branded hotel. It makes Millions of money, where all the recipe are open to public. They sell the Food with all the rights to the buyer to share, resell, remix, etc.
If they can make money, with open recipe and rights to share, we also can make it. Yes. Need to make a lot of changes in business model and have to reduce the greediness of making million dollar by investing only one time.
Let us think on the other way.
We are living in a era of sharing.
Though there are tight laws, we can not prevent online sharing of digital products.
Though it is illegal, people love to share their contents. Because, Sharing is in our blood.
People will pay and buy any product that is affordable and encourages them to learn it, hack it, share it and remix it.
Still in doubt?
Write a book and release the PDF for 20-30 Rs with all rights to share and remix in Creative Commons license.
Choose a suitable license from here. http://creativecommons.org/choose/
I am sure you will get more money then you get as royalty when you release as a printer book by any publisher.
(Ask your known writers on how much they make money as royalty. They get very less and they even dont know how many books are sold. Publishers wont share any business data with the writers.)
Reply here, If you agree to buy such a Digital Product that is cheap and in Creative commons license.