Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution

Sara at O'Reilly.com recently posted this note on Slashdot.

"In Tim O'Reilly's latest opus, he reflects on the lessons of his experience as a publisher: (1) Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy, (2) Piracy is progressive taxation; (3) Customers want to do the right thing, if they can; (4)Shoplifting is a bigger threat than piracy; (5) File sharing networks don't threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers; (6)"Free" is eventually replaced by a higher-quality paid service; and finally, courtesy of Larry Wall, (7)There's more than one way to do it"

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Tim's comments under "Piracy is Progressive Taxation" offer excellent insight in how lowering the barriers of entry in distribution offer greater hope and visibility to the less well-known artists and publishers looking to gain some recognition for their labors. "I have watched my 19 year-old daughter and her friends sample countless bands on Napster and Kazaa and, enthusiastic for their music, go out to purchase CDs. My daughter now owns more CDs than I have collected in a lifetime of less exploratory listening".

The article is an excellent read and we urge you to check it out. The full article can be read here.


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