December 27th, 2021

Open Source. When people hear this, they usually immediately think it means being altruistic and giving away content, property, creative or engineering works for free. This is a major misconception apparent across all industries — in part. Up until today, open source has almost entirely been altruistic — the hope that network effects at scale will somehow make their way back to paying you forward for the goodness and work that you put out into the world.

And, unfortunately, with the way that incentives in web2 are set up, that often means that this goodness is paid back through a lottery system of hope, whereby “MAYBE” you will see goodness and value back from it, but actually, usually the case is that someone exploits the system, steals your work and then takes value from the market for the work that you, the original creator, put in the time and effort to create for it.

In web3, this entirely changes. Now, you have provenance and verifiable transparent ownership through vessels like NFTs.

And with this, the game is different. Open source and CC0 content is the native distribution channel in web3. It means that as an artist your content and artwork and designs can remain entirely public domain, whilst you are still able to develop a scalable ecosystem of value and demand that retains its value through the timestamped consensus on the blockchain.