Recently someone asked me if I had patented certain craft products that were developed. Not only the admirer of the products, but also the commissioning agency themselves had doubts about the ownership of the designs. “They belong to the craftsmen”, I offered. There were doubts, skeptics. “But they will fight amongst themselves, that this is my design and that is his design….” .
Jimmy Wales looked quite dapper in his white coat and the sunshine brought out the spark in his eyes. This was at a conference some years back. The topic of discussion was open knowledge. Wikipedia had plans to come up with an encyclopedia of the sorts that would incorporate all the information available on the wiki into a compilation of books.
That time I was in middle of a project regarding protection of traditional crafts knowledge in the country. So, Jimmy Wales’s presentation of his ideas created…
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