||Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution|
Response to: Nonsense
What is needed are new ways for creative people to get paid. Suppose a musician simply released his music for free, and each file contained a link allowing the listener to donate to the artist directly? This way, each copy of the file is a potential revenue-generator; the more copies, the better. Or, perhaps artists could hold listeners hostage: "We've got a great new album ready, and we're going to release it free forever to the world - but not until we get $3 million worth of PayPal donations at u2.com!