I read your post a month ago but I did not answer because I cannot help you with a cool reference to back that up
I do, however, agree with the idea, or utopia, behind the statement. But unfortunately the reality today is :
This raises a very interesting question on the ownership of data. For example :
I own a hard disk drive, so the hard disk is physically mine, I purchased it.
On that drive, I write a file. As the author of the file, and the owner of the drive, it is safe to assume that I can lay claim on the ownership of that piece of data inside the drive.
Now someone hands me a file that he/she wrote, just for the sake of sharing it with me while remaining the original author, and I store it on my drive. Can I say that I own that data as well ? Is the data mine just because I have it on my drive ?
Let’s take it a notch further. The drive has gigabytes of data that runs software, most of which can be open source. I own that data as well, because that’s fundamental to how open source software works. But what of the parts of data belonging to software that is not open source ? Do I own the data produced by my interacting with those softwares ?
How do you break down the ownership of data on digital supports ? Furthermore, what does owning data even mean ? Corporations squeeze lines in their terms of service to legally appropriate themselves the ownership of data on their platforms so they can sell it to advertisers and make money out of it. But I have to admit the concept of owning data is vast, complex and rather undefined.
Bottom line is, I still can’t help you with a reference. But maybe your statement is too general for anyone to bring a good reference to back it up.
I’m sure we would be many to want to see that statement as a reality of our world, but it isn’t. And that’s the whole point of all the efforts being put today by many developers, non-profit corporations or tiny 2-people teams to develop tomorrow’s platforms so that it becomes true.