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Article:
  Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   On Progressive Taxation
Date:   2002-12-16 13:52:42
From:   anonymous2
Open comments to Tim O'Reilly regarding his article:


Great article on intellectual property and what constitutes "piracy."


The one thing I might add is that greed has a lot to do with this. As the United States gets out of the manufacturing business (sadly, I must admit), it is only "content" that we produce now and it is one of our biggest exports. So, the copyright owners seem to feel that this is the only way to squeeze every penny out of their customers.


I would also add that your observation about your daughter's music listening and buying habits is dead on. CDs are way overpriced to begin with and more kids are spending their money on video games (two to four times the cost of one CD) and DVDs. Why not try before your buy?


One of the other great ironies of this whole debate is that US law is the strongest in the world when it comes to copyright infringement, but piracy is truly a problem in other lands. When you can buy a copy of the new Harry Potter movie in the streets in Beijing for $1.25 a week before it comes out, that should be a sign that there is a problem there.


There was another interesting article I read to today on the subject which might interest you.


http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1216/p11s01-wmcn.html <http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1216/p11s01-wmcn.html>