Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   God Bless Tim O'Reilly
Date:   2002-12-12 18:45:53
From:   anonymous2
Or Buddha or whomever.

This is seriously the best considered piece on the subject that I have ever read. I am nearly aching for the day when file-swapping services exist as justly-recognised distribution channels. I have "pirated" literally gigabytes of movies and music, in some cases because it is the only way to get the works, in other cases to "try before I buy", and in a few, rare cases just to spite the RIAA and MPAA for their treatment of all consumers as suspected criminals.

I absolutely would pay for a reasonable (customer-oriented) download/swap system and gladly put my pirate days behind me alongside the cigar-smoking. The catch is that the MPAA, RIAA, Microsoft, Congress, et al. first must learn to distinguish between people who actually violate copyright law and try to profit from the works of others and people like me who want to make that copy in order to play the PADI-FOR content on another device.

E-mail was the killer business app the the net, but this is the killer app for home broadband.