Tim O'Reilly, a gentleman if ever there was one in the tech/Hollywood debate, has published something of a manifesto on OpenP2P.com 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