Whilst exploring Adobe Creative Cloud, in particular Photoshop, Premier and After Effects I've come across so many variations of the creative common idea http://creativecommons.org.au/
It's really inspired me to realize the many and varied ways of making money out of sharing rights to use your creative property. I personally paid a few dollars here and there for some pre set packages, vectors and footage. Some of it is free, such as http://www.vectorstock.com/ but I also found http://market.envato.com/ to be a great source and http://www.shutterstock.com/. There's tons of them out there and packed full of creativity and goodness. For musicians too you can upload tracks and allow license either free or at a cheap rate. I find this exciting, the idea that an indie film maker somewhere might use one of my tracks. The whole internet economy is such an inspiring space. I also watched a couple of programs on ABC iview - one was called 'Second Life' all about the growth of virtual on line life. I was blown away to learn that people were making money from 'Second Life' - designing homes, clothes all kind of things for a $1 here and $5 there and making a full time living out of it. I feel like I did the first time I walked into the State Library in Melbourne and realized how much knowledge there was still to learn.