Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   The value of value in a land of extremeism.
Date:   2003-01-19 09:57:41
From:   timoreilly
Response to: The value of value in a land of extremeism.

I agree with you that the logic of the quote you cite is specious. But I think that what the poster was getting at has a germ of truth. What I see my daughter and her friends doing is a lot of *sampling.* That is, they hear about a song or an artist, and download the music to listen to it -- think of it as user-controlled radio, where you no longer need to call in your requests, but can simply program them yourself. They may even burn a few CDs from the net, but as enthusiasm grows, they go out and buy more stuff. Then, if they really like the artist, they go out and buy some CDs. The sequence goes like this: internet, burn, buy... For example, I guarantee you my daughter owns a lot more David Bowie CDs and records than she would have in pre-Napster days (all of them, versus 0), and probably as many as the most enthusiastic fan from Bowie's heyday. Not to mention lots of custom mixes that she's burned herself.