Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   Financial cost of copying without paying
Date:   2002-12-12 08:10:44
From:   jasonfriedman80206
I liked the article generally. One argument which I thought was less strong than the others, however, is that copying without paying does not actually cost the producer of the content much money because (1) the people copying without paying likely would not pay under any circumstances, and (2) wider distribution increases awareness which increases sales.

This may be true in some cases, and it may be true for O'Reilly products, but it's a mathematical and business question. Micros**t, for example, is probably in a better position than any of us to determine if _Micros**t_ would make more money by clamping down on copying without paying.

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  1. Tim O'Reilly photo Financial cost of copying without paying
    2002-12-12 09:34:53  Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

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