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Article:
  Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   not really
Date:   2003-03-01 11:44:24
From:   timoreilly
Response to: not really

Actually, I think the analogy is pretty good. Did you read Janis Ian's essay on the impact of Napster/Kazaa on her sales? See http://www.janisian.com/article-internet_debacle.html. Note also the experience of Baen Books, as described at http://www.baen.com/library. They don't have Robert Heinlein or Michael Crichton for free download, but they have a lot of people who are trying to make a name for themselves (and succeeding, with the help of free downloads to spread the word.)


And in fact O'Reilly has made quite a few books available for public download as a way of boosting their visibility. As noted in the article, we believe that the positive impact is greatest for little-known works. For works with high visibility, such as most O'Reilly books, there is a "progressive tax" which we would prefer to avoid. But my point is that these should be individual decisions by creators, not wholesale decisions by a publisher cartel who profits disproportionately from a very small number of high profile acts, and is keeping down the greater number of people who could benefit (consumers and lesser known artists) from a new medium.



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    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]

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        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]

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