Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   The value of value in a land of extremeism.
Date:   2003-01-18 12:56:16
From:   anonymous2
Since I haven't figured out threading on this forum. I did want to make a small statement about this:

"When people, in general, respect the quality of music that's put out they'll more likely buy it. If there's less perceived value to it then they'll be tempted to take it. (Like REM vs. Christina Aguilera.)"

This is specious logic in effect. If people like something (perceive that it has value) and will purchase it? Then wouldn't refusing the content and telling the author, send a clearer message about "less perceived value" than simply copying it. By copying something of a "less perceived value", and keeping it , isn't one saying that in actuality it does have enough value? Is it any wonder the battle has gotten ugly.

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  • The value of value in a land of extremeism.
    2003-01-23 18:40:12  anonymous2 [View]

    selecting 'full text' will give you one long nested page list of the comments, the you can select 'oldest first' if you want to review all the comments in the order of posting. Took me a few clicks on the links to figure it out. It is a bit puzzling, especially when you are in individual comment mode, and don't get the links to reply or get out.
  • Tim O'Reilly photo The value of value in a land of extremeism.
    2003-01-19 09:57:41  Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I agree with you that the logic of the quote you cite is specious. But I think that what the poster was getting at has a germ of truth. What I see my daughter and her friends doing is a lot of *sampling.* That is, they hear about a song or an artist, and download the music to listen to it -- think of it as user-controlled radio, where you no longer need to call in your requests, but can simply program them yourself. They may even burn a few CDs from the net, but as enthusiasm grows, they go out and buy more stuff. Then, if they really like the artist, they go out and buy some CDs. The sequence goes like this: internet, burn, buy... For example, I guarantee you my daughter owns a lot more David Bowie CDs and records than she would have in pre-Napster days (all of them, versus 0), and probably as many as the most enthusiastic fan from Bowie's heyday. Not to mention lots of custom mixes that she's burned herself.