File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 285

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Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 18:20:03 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] What makes techniques Common Property?

What makes a technique/method part of everyone's toolbox, and when does that 
happen really?

I'm asking this hoping to get answers from different points of view, such as 
legal, moral, and others.

Does the creator/innovator have to be long dead?
Does the credited inventor /copyright/patent holder really make money from 
preventing others to use it (not counting the lawsuits, which could be 
considered income, albeit twisted).

What makes a technique truly the exclusive invention of one person?
Who can claim to have invented something completely in today's world of 
technology and light-speed information transfers, and how?

I share all my techniques fully. What I won't share is detailed plans or 
full patterns, because that's the specific design and it makes a character. 
I'll charge for my time and supplies if I give a workshop, but the 
techniques are free. I'll give as much as can fit the participants minds 
during the allowed time.

What do y'all think about all this?

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