I believe so, and that's why I support the culture of giving back to the sources of solutions. Including authors of softwares, musics, and movies.
And now I have another peace with the idea of Intellectual Property.
When comes to solutions we must talk about 2 other things:
1. Who or What is the source of the solutions
2. How to maintain the level of availability of the solutions
3. How to keep on having relevant solutions available
Intellectual property wants to maintain the level of availability of mutual solutions in reality, not only it encourages payment to sources of solutions, but also it accomodates the source of the solutions to dictate how the solutions were used. In my view this serve the purpose of maintaining the solutions.
So the payment and the licenses we adhere to is not only for the sake of giving thanks to the source of solutions, but also direct action in maintaining the level of availability of the solutions.
In short, we pay to the source, as well as the maintainer.
Therefore I propose a system that might be used in alternative to Intellectual property. Besides the Golden Sticker, http://melkieh.blogspot.com/2011/09/golden-sticker.html
there should also be an account for the maintainers of the solutions.
Intellectual property law doesn't separate these two, I think it will be useful to separate these accounts.
Therefore everytime one is putting himself outthere, people would look at his/her profile and see whether or not this guy have paid to the sources of solutions and the maintainers of the solutions.
If it shows that the person doesn't prioritizing on giving thanks and maintaining mutual solutions, people would prioritize him/her less in business. Naturally this is only appropriate because the scarcity of the world is not of time nor energy nor money but of mutual solutions.