I buy the computer, I pay the electricity bill, I pay for my broadband connection, I pay for the ink in my printer, et al.
How is any of the stuff I get online free?
The existing physical distribution channels have been bought and paid for – it’s time to move on. Think Tramp Steamer Vs Air Freight Vs Digital Delivery.
Now, if my participation on the network becomes my participation in the network then I am either compensated with a monetary reward or a reduced price to access the content. Simple economics- you scratch my back, I scratch yours.