I had a related question in mind and after reading this question I intend to put it here. This question is from a different perspective, based on differences in physical and cyber world.
The story is of a carpenter. The carpenter made useful objects out of wood, working hard for each one he made. Sold each one for money.
One fine day he came across a different kind of wood, magical, any object made out of it could replicate itself any number of time. Such magical trees were now growing all over the forest.
Now, the carpenter made only one object and effortlessly replicated it to huge quantities. However, still, he demanded same amount of money for each object he sold, moreover, he also demanded that people do not invoke the wood magic themselves and replicate his objects.
Question: Can an object which have the property of effortless replication, be treated as a singular entity and sold as such ?