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Weblog:   The Right Term is Copyright Infringement
Subject:   I've invented a matter replicator
Date:   2002-12-16 15:51:18
From:   timoreilly
Response to: I've invented a matter replicator

I put my thoughts about "what to do", and why middlemen would be necessary even in the event of matter replicators, in the article entitled Piracy is Progressive Taxation. Hey -- all that content on the web is free, so why do we need Google, Yahoo! and the like (not to mention CNet, Wired, and the O'Reilly Network).... Publishing is not an artifact of physical distribution, but of the mathematics of attention.
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  • I've invented a matter replicator
    2002-12-16 18:13:11  grepsedawk [View]

    Hmmm, I'm not certain this post is an answer to the matter I raised. It seems more to answer my post "Whither go the publishers" in the article you mention.

    I was trying to put the advent of copying music in terms that would hit closer to home for you personally and your business.

    Thinking of your business, could you afford to wait while you figured out Step 4 before Step 5: Profit! while thousands of potential customers are enjoying the fruits of your labor for free? Perhaps it is too personal of a question in a public forum.

    Believe it or not, I'm actually with you. I'm one of those people who has created his own notion of "fair use" and how it applies to music I've downloaded over the Internet. My method was that I would hear a song on TV, remember a lyric line, google it, find out the song and artist, visit Napster, get a copy, listen to it, and go buy the album if I liked it enough, leave it or delete it if I didn't. I bought more music the spring of 2000 than I did my entire life. Did I do anything wrong? Not in my mind. But, I know my mind and intent. Do the music producers and publishers know the intent of millions of college students? Can they afford to wait and find out? Are they being fair to their stockholders to not try to stop it? Are they being fair to their stockholders to not figure out Step 4 in this new distribution medium?

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