Attitudes towards intellectual property are often not unlike attitudes towards:
- body organs
- property and possessions
i.e., If you give them away, you probably have less to live with
However, intellectual property is an entirely different beast and is more like:
i.e., the more you give, the more that tends to get returned - a positive feedback loop - knowledge grows when shared
Academic pursuit is about standing on the shoulders of giants and allowing others to stand on your shoulders. When knowledge is openly licensed, our shoulders are higher and stronger.