For the concept of data ownership to be simplified, we have to simplify the concept of data work first.
If a person spends time and effort to make a wooden chair, nobody in our society will object if that person wants to be paid for the chair's ownership.
If a person spends time thinking about a chair, drawing designs up on paper, performing tests on the subjects of comfort and durability and aesthetics, that person has again spent time and effort on it, but duplicating the result takes very little effort at all.
(I'm using chairs as an example because it probably doesn't have the emotional charge that music/software has.)
The difference is purely in terms of duplication of the effort.
Money is a symbol of respect/fear, admiration/need, and perception of effort. You need all three for something to have value. Since the effort of duplicating the results of intellectual effort requires very little effort itself, it does not fit the perception of effort criterion, and thus can only have value when the respect/fear and/or admiration/need aspects are artificially amplified to increase the ratio.
If the designer of chairs were greatly respected by most people, and the chair designs were greatly admired, they would have value and would be paid for.
If the designer has no respect and cannot generate fear of the consequences of non-payment, the designs will not be paid for, or will demand very low prices. Quite probably low enough that the initial effort of designing a chair will not be done. Of course, an extraordinarily high admiration/need factor can overcome this, at least partially, even in the absense of respect/fear and perceived effort.
Intellectual work, like chair design (or music, software, et al), follows slightly different laws than physical work, since supply can be, essentially, infinite, in our current technological state (pretty much since the advent of the printing press). Thus, supply vs demand economics applied to intellectual work breaks down very rapidly. (Of course, physical products follow the expanded laws of respect/fear + admiration/need + effort, since those are simply expansions on the concept of supply and demand, plus the concept of respect/fear which is missing from some economic theories, but which accounts for theft, etc.)
Thus, intellectual work either needs to paid arbitrarily, or the concept of money needs a radical shift, to truly support an economy in which initial effort can be rewarded even if duplication effort is small.
And that is probably more than anyone wants to read about this.
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