and the only winners will be lawyers.
The magazine [Inc. owned by the father of Ben Goldhirsh, the founder of Kickstarter]has very positive and supportive coverage of Occupy Wall Street, because people with Good™ values have no problem with a certain kind of anti-capitalism, the kind that implies that the problems are not with the system itself, but with the people in charge. Those people have the wrong values — they’re greedy and selfish and have no goals in life except making money.
Not sure if it's worth responding to this, but 5% is totally reasonable. And Kickstarter is an amazing bit of goodwill for the world, it's nuts anyone can complain about this.
Yeah, I read his ranty bits about open source with a lot of interest. He went on for pages and pages about how everyone thinks that "Peer to Peer Production" (which he uses synonymously with open source, missing the point entirely) will destroy capitalism, and that they're wrong. He tosses off a bunch of cites to various academic papers about the destruction of capitalism via open source, but doesn't even refer to some of the best actual long-term research into the nature of disperse user-driven product development (Eric Von Hippel's Democratizing Innovation).
Business plan: Just like Kickstarter, except take a 2% cut instead of a 5% cut.
Kickstarter was founded in 2009, but it looks like someone else had already had the crowdfunding idea. Brian Camelio, a former musician, filed a patent in 2003 for "Methods and apparatuses for financing and marketing a creative work," and was granted said patent this year. Camelio founded ArtistShare, which allows fans to help fund musician's recording projects in exchange for "access to the creative process."
The patent is for a system of "raising financing and/or revenue by artist for a project, where the project may be a creative work of the artist." The method includes "registering, by at least one artist, with a centralized database, at least one or more projects, offering, by the at least one artist, an entitlement related to the artist in exchange for capital for the project of the artist."
Camelio reportedly told PaidContent in an e-mail that, "As an artist myself, I feel that KickStarter may be hurting artist by focusing on 'donating money' rather than celebrating the artist for what they do. Their model does not build fan relationships but just continually asks for handouts."
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