When you were talking about Severed Fifth playing your copyleft licensed songs in venues, jobbers contrasting hobyists, etc. etc.
Seems to raise the same basic question that nobody seems comfortable asking; What does the monetization of creativity/altruism mean for those actions,society as a whole,and specifically of interest here the FOSS sub culture?
Of course there has always been animosity from those in the proprietary software world towards FOSS and we’ve all exchanged comments with that ego saturated goof who is surely going to be the next Sergey Brin (gah!), but you may be surprised to know I’ve also witnessed it even from those in the Free/Libre software world from those with liberapay and patreon accounts against what they view as ‘competing’ projects/devs. I think that may be the root of it: Money is inherently a vehicle for competition. Furthering that thought, what is monetization doing to our mostly cooperative subculture?
The flip side of that is that I’ve also seen money enable wonderful things. Quite honestly, I’m still unsure of my views on the subject overall. I do know that I don’t like how I’m sometimes seeing the influence of monetization manifest negatively in fear based hoarding behaviours within our subculture though. Again, I’m still considering the subject personally, but I am certain that Cyndi Lauper sang it best with “Money changes everything”. Money can really suck if used with the wrong intent or if inspiring the wrong intent