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  Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   not really
Date:   2003-02-16 16:24:13
From:   anonymous2
Piracy is obviously not progressive taxation , nor does its market impact resemble a system of progressive taxation. Firstly theft isn't a tax , it's theft. Secondly a system of progressive taxation imposes progressively graduated costs based on income or value. The 'piracy tax' on artists is actually parabolic , imposing the highest net relative costs on those artists in the middle ( ie. lost sales will represent a greater proportion of income relative to the total ). Once again the middle class gets screwed.


* I think that Tim knows that his argument is specious. You don't see O'Reilly putting new titles on Kazaa in anticipation of benefiting from promotion through piracy do you ??


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  1. not really
    2008-04-19 09:31:54  swing_developer [View]

  2. Re: not really - proof?
    2003-03-27 12:05:31  soopahman [View]

  3. Tim O'Reilly photo not really
    2003-03-01 11:44:24  Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    • not really
      2003-04-28 04:35:38  jwenting [View]

      • Tim O'Reilly photo not really
        2003-04-28 07:17:15  Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

        • not really
          2003-04-29 04:39:17  jwenting [View]

          • Tim O'Reilly photo not really
            2003-04-29 12:02:26  Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

            • not really
              2003-07-28 15:14:37  anonymous2 [View]

              • not really
                2003-09-10 12:24:40  anonymous2 [View]

            • not really
              2003-06-11 00:43:26  anonymous2 [View]

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