Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   No Zero-sum Game
Date:   2002-12-17 20:39:19
From:   sjcole
It's a pleasure to read such a thoughtful reflection on the place and future of DRM in the distribution of digital goods.

Our company struggles with the clunky logistics and also the ethics of DRM on a daily basis.

One thing is certain: this is no zero-sum game. Lending libraries and photocopiers were hailed as the death of book publishing. Clearly, somehow publishers have struggled on.

The worrying thing for me is that some publishers don't grasp the fact that the onus is on commercial operators to anticipate and present compelling commercial features and business models.

The book industry is in a state of slow transition. We should be patient; publishers have been operating roughly the same business model for about 500 years. It's reasonable that they should tread warily. Still, we may be witnessing the extinction of the more timid publishing behomeths. I'm just not sure what their fleet-footed replacements will look like.

Much appreciated.

Stephen Cole