Here’s a related comment (very slightly edited) i just posted in another thread, and then realized that thread was seven days old:
If anyone thinks that the predatory colonizing “investor-owned, limited-liability” “corporate person” will ever NOT seek to colonize, own, license, patent, control, market, sell, and extract profit from ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, they do not understand the intentional structural function of the corporation. Also the way this predatory colonizing structural function, meshes so well with the diseased, hubristic, narcissistic, sociopathic and solipsistic human ego that has emerged from the European liberal enlightenment. (Of course, and not merely co-incidentally, the investor-owned, limited-liability corporation itself emerged from liberalism as well.)
So of course all content on the internet – including all information that should plainly belong to the natural persons and the actual creators who produce such information, including creative works but also all personal data and metadata related to participation in the internet – will be colonized by the “providers,” and only available to specific classes at certain monetary prices, using the threat of denial of access to enforce other “terms of service.”
The question is, how do we resist – not any and every specific advance in colonization / privatization / theft – but the basic structural paradigm itself, the looting and colonization and theft that are built into “the economy” and “the corporation” as they have emerged and evolved under liberalism, capitalism, and neoliberalism?