This essentially came up in this thread https://forum.ethereum.org/discussion/298/trinitycoin-creating-value-through-values
, and i decided the subtopic of rewarding authorship was worth a separate thread.@Donal
posted this document there https://us.v-cdn.net/5021640/uploads/FileUpload/63/55e81a90b81caed6e4ab1e65c4ba29.docx
which is interesting, but i dont see how it gets money in the system in the first place. I mean, the whole problem of releasing information is that people can just copy it into any other system, and never get anything back to the user.
What I see online, is that money is made by creating platforms like youtube, twitter, etcetera, and people go to the platforms out of convenience and habit. The users are then shown advertising, which makes the money. Some of the money indeed does go authors, but it is not very effective.
We could make a decentralized platform, and do that same trick. Secondly, a system could additionally take donations/tips, not only directly(the content could display adresses to donate to), but also possibly utilizing the system itself. I.e. if you use the system to donate, it automatically sends downstream aswel. Or possibly you could pay to get rid of advertising. Weakness is that it is trivial to fork the software to remove the advertising, leaving only donations. However, reminding back that it is about a 'platform of convenience'; if the ads are not obnoxious, people might not bother.
Still, other ways to get money into the system are appreciated. One is to just use coin creation as a supplement. However, the marketing sets its value because people that want exposure feel the viewers of particular content are real. Coin creation does not have that aspect.(the 'identify real people' problem has been discussed in other threads, and itself off topic here, however it may be able to reinforce this system)
Identifying authorship is a requirement. For a document, someone can claim H(D) and then publish D, but that does not prevent minor variations being published. Since the *first* would be the original author, if we can identify derivatives and the extent of the changes in derivatives, minor variations wont pay, only variations that really do something.
I think essentially humans will have to judges to figure out if things are derivatives of each other. Once decentralized, trustless consensus on that is solved, the biggest problem is creating the platform and then popularizing it..