Instead of paying a graphic artist or illustrator a decent wage for designing the art work for the President’s plan to create jobs, the Obama campaign crowd sourced the project to volunteers. It’s ironic, that President Obama’s re-election campaign is asking people to do a job, design a jobs poster, for free which will be used to encourage people to create jobs! They could have created a job by giving the job as a paying gig to a freelance artist or illustrator.
There are a number of sites such as Wikipedia and the Huffington Post that rely on the work and effort contributed for free by its members. In the case of the Huffignton Post, a large number of users contributed a large percent of the content on the site and when the Huffignton Post was sold to AOL they didn’t share in the sale, because those individuals that had contributed their content waived all rights to the content. The Huffignton Post was sold to AOL for over $300 million off the backs of volunteers.