by Thomas Brady

On one hand information wants to be expensive because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.
— Often misquoted as simply “information wants to be free” without no further context. Stewart Brand, as quoted in full in “Gunning for the Copyright Reformers” by Frédéric Filloux, for Monday Note.