A popular falsehood hawked by the start-ups themselves is that the sharing economy would decrease income inequality, as ideas of ownership and class become less stratified as more people “share”. The language of decentralisation is rife in many of these companies’ mission statements. But as writer Rob Horning noted in a 2014 panel, it’s more accurately “a reflection of capitalism’s need to find new profit opportunities in aspects of social life once shielded from the market, in leisure time once withdrawn from waged labour… market relations are the only social relations.”
The idea of a “commons” is simultaneously a religious edict and anathema to Silicon Valley—after all Uber was a retooling of carpooling websites (and arguably, hitchhiking), Airbnb via Couchsurfing, food delivery apps from despatch riders originally hired by individual restaurants, Airtasker/Postmates from classifieds. Co-working spaces may as well be a rip-off of libraries, and paid email newsletters of… well, emails and blogs. Better still, there is an “Airbnb for campsites”, and you can even rent someone’s bed for an afternoon nap.¹⁷
Copyright is the right that enable you to prevent unauthorized copying or selling of your work. Whereas Copyleft is a method using which you can modify the software or documentation and distribute it back to the open-source community.