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Re: Were Intellectual Property to be abolished altogether, would you or

From: Yasuaki Kudo
Subject: Re: Were Intellectual Property to be abolished altogether, would you or FSF support it?
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2021 12:59:22 +0900

We are trying to start a worker cooperative in Japan, initially focused on 
application of IT, with these initial business ideas:

* Help existing worker coop
* Create Platform Cooperatives
* Create cooperative financial systems

At least in Japan, it seems worker cooperatives have not yet ventured into 
Information Technology as the main business.

Internationally, there are many existing IT worker coops but it seems to me 
many of them simply get paid for developing the software that their customers 
will keep( although I have also heard that some customers will pay them to 
develop free software).

Cooperatives are usually considered to be socialists and are in favor of 
creating common good for the society.

If/when we develop business oriented software for the existing or new 
cooperatives, or federation of cooperatives, I am very curious what our 
consensus, or discussions leading up to it, will be regarding software 
licensing and Intellectual Property at large.  😄


> On Jul 12, 2021, at 09:50, wrote:
> Yasuaki Kudo <> writes:
>> My original motivation of this inquiry is that my partners and I are
>> in the process of starting an IT-focused 'worker cooperative' where,
>> just like the GPL licensing, there is almost a playful inversion of
>> Capitalistic values. We will probably need to make software licensing
>> decisions sooner or later and I wanted to get a wholistic view of this
>> matter 😄.
>> -Yasu
> I am very interested in this.  Please provide any information when you
> get around it.

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