Continuing the discussion from Dealing with copied content:
To me, this seems like a very significant risk for the economic model of the SAFE Network—so I was wondering if others agree, and if it has been seriously considered. If there is a fundamental incentive in SAFE’s design to inflate one’s data, this would seem to lead to significant long-term inefficiencies and problems.
Yes, there could be factors to limit more extreme data inflation, as janitor pointed out:
However, more subtle inefficiencies could add up over time, especially if it became a systemic issue for SAFE.
Possible examples include:
- Choosing less efficient lossless compression over more efficient lossless compression.
- Encoding files at unnecessarily high fidelity (e.g. an audio file at 24-bit/192 kHz when the audio in question does not significantly benefit from it).
- Adding superfluous images to an otherwise text-based book (even a single large title page image, or “About the Author” image, could significantly change the size of a relatively small book).
- Or simply inflating the content itself (e.g. making a film or piece of music slightly longer, regardless of artistic considerations).
If the inflation is not particularly significant or noticeable for most consumers, there will be limited incentive to seek out ‘reduced-size’ versions that are subsequently uploaded by others. On an individual basis, such issues may seem minor. But, as an aggregate effect on SAFE’s efficiency over time (especially on the scale of millions of unique files), it seems like it could be quite important.