On 12/12/02 8:58 AM, "Bret Rekas" <> wrote:
Great essay dissecting the P2P/piracy debate in your piece "Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution"...Enjoyed your insights as a publisher of copyrighted material...
Big Media and the RIAA just don't get it...I've been arguing with friends that the record companies should put up MP3's of their entire catalogs and charge per song...I and many other people would be happy to pay for the MP3s from the legitimate publishers rather than from a P2P network with uneven quality...The record companies could tier prices for different quality (ie sampling rates) MP3 encodings...they could provide discount 2-fer bundles with a high and low bit rate encoding for customers who want to use the music on hi-fi home audio systems which demand high bit rates (256Kbps+) and low end portable devices where 128Kbps...Few people really enjoy or more importantly have the time to rip their own MP3s from their CD collections...I'd much rather pay a reasonable per song charge and download legitimate copies...The record companies would actually get repeat business as we all buy legit MP3s of songs we already own on CD...
anyway...nice piece...maybe Mr. Valenti and Ms. Rosen will see the light,
> but I doubt it.