December 12, 2002
A Nice Summary of Lessons Learned

Tim O'Reilly, a gentleman if ever there was one in the tech/Hollywood debate, has published something of a manifesto on entitled Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution [Dec. 11, 2002]. He discusses seven "lessons" learned in a lifetime of publishing books on technology, and how they might apply to the world of all media, including movies and music. A few interesting lessons:

"File sharing networks don't threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers."

"Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy."

"Customers want to do the right thing, if they can."

Posted by John Battelle at December 12, 2002 02:06 PM

Tim is running a follow-up piece on the O'Reilly Network today titled The Right Term is Copyright Infringement, in which he enumerates the many shades of gray between theft and piracy, loaning, device shifting, accidental copies, etc.

Posted by: Scot Hacker on December 14, 2002 01:52 PM
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