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Who profits from user-created content?

I produce most of what I do under a Creative Commons license. Many who are involved in contributing to blogs, wikis, flickr, etc. do so in order to express themselves, gain recognition, or advance the community. Over the last several years, end-user created content has been increasingly commercialized…and individuals are starting to ask for a piece of the revenue – Who profits from user-created content?: “At the heart of the Web 2.0 movement is this idea that there is real value created by tapping the shared wisdom of grassroots communities, composed mostly of fans, hobbyists, and other amateur media makers…there is a nagging question — if these grassroots efforts are generating value (and in fact, wealth) and their creative power is being tapped by major corporations, at what point should they start receiving a share of revenue for their work?”