Free vs. Paid

AuthorDennis Kennedy - Tom Mighell
Free vs. Paid
People are often surprised when we tell them that many of
the collaboration tools we discuss in this book are free. And
by free, we mean free, as in no cost, nada, zip, bupkis—really!
However, it’s good to remember the adage that if the product is
free, you (or your data) might actually be the product. This is
often specifically directed at companies like Google, which pro-
vides many of the best collaboration tools for free. Like Gmail,
your use of the tool might help the provider with advertising
or other business models.
Most of the collaboration we undertook while writing this
book was accomplished with Google Docs, a free tool. We dis-
cussed our plans for the book and instant messaged each other
about it using the free version of Slack. We also shared useful
web pages with Slack. We experimented with a few other tools.
We record and edit our podcasts with Audacity and use Skype
to call each other when we do the recordings. Both are free
tools. Do you see a pattern?
It is amazing how much collaboration can be done for
free. This is primarily due to the explosion of cloud tools and
services. But if you include in this “free” mix the collaboration
features existing in tools that you already own, then you have
another large set of tools that can be used at no additional
cost. Software programs under an Open Source license are also
available for free. And there are many useful free mobile apps
for the iOS and Android platforms.
In this chapter we consider whether free tools are really
an option for lawyers. If they are, under what circumstances
will you choose a free tool over a fee-based alternative? Is there
an approach to free and pay that will work for you? What rights

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