Tim O’Reilly – Piracy is progressive taxation

Tim O’Reilly has an article  from 2002 on OpenP2P.com. There is a very great danger of me becoming a fan of his.

He has a bit about it in his blog. He lists the 7 points from the article:

1. Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.
2. Piracy is progressive taxation.
3. Customers want to do the right thing, if they can.
4. Shoplifting is a bigger threat than piracy.
5. File sharing networks don’t threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers.
6. “Free” is eventually replaced by a higher-quality paid service.
7. “There’s more than one way to do it.”

Well worth a read.

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