(via Boing Boing) Louis CK, a very funny American comedian of whom I've been a fan for some time, recently released a comedy show online, in a DRM-free format, for 5 dollars a download. His intent was to experiment with attempting to give the online community a format that met all their requests for non-bloatedness and absence of theftproofing, to see if they really would buy a product rather than steal it if it were just as easy to do either.
It was a kind, honest and decent gesture, for which Louis CK deserves quite a lot of credit, and would deserve however the experiment went.
He's made over one million dollars, and his decency as a human being doesn't stop at his sales model. He's dividing the money up 4 ways -- a quarter is going to pay the production costs and hosting, he's giving a quarter of it in bonuses to his staff, over a quarter is going to charity, and a little less than a quarter is going to him.
My favorite quote from the news update:
I never viewed money as being "my money" I always saw it as "The money" It's a resource. if it pools up around me then it needs to be flushed back out into the system.
This is such a beautiful mentality to have towards money. You try to secure access to enough of it to provide for your needs and, if you have it, your wants, but more than that is just needless, and it should flow back out. I'm glad to see Louis CK not hoarding his money like he has a mental illness or something.