Allison Littlejohn has a fine paper on the subject.
It makes me think of an aspect of connected knowledge and collective learning. Allison does not mention the ownership of knowledge because that is not his subject.
This connected learning, collective learning is also called crowdsourcing. I do not know if the two concepts are identical, but they do overlap.
The economic ownership of knowledge and of solutions found by a crowd or connected people is subject to debate.
I would like an experiment where a student does a PhD and uses crowd sourcing and collective learning to write the thesis. I wonder what people will think of that.
The problem with references is that email and blogs and SMS messages are not accepted in an academic paper, and email and blogs are the media connected knowledge uses.
Connected knowledge and collective knowledge sometimes is called fraud or plagiarism.
On Jenny Connected Jenny Mackness discusses “I share .. therefore I am” pro’s and con’s of working together.
She mentions loss of identity and superficiality. (here is a connection with Martin Weller and the digital scholar.
On Facebook John Mak is asking questions on ethical problems and trust in networking. “… Who would like to network with a troll who pretends to be an evangelist? I think this is becoming an issue, especially when networking online without an understanding of “each others” in the networks. … ” Do we need to know each other when we are sharing knowledge and collaborating?