Morlock Elloi on Wed, 12 Feb 2003 09:06:29 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> The problem with file-sharing

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> While I agree that we are so much "programmed" that it would be difficult
> at first to have to search for good music again. But people would adapt
> soon. And, let's be honest, there would soon be another, free alternative
> telling us what we have to listen to ;-)

There is no record of successful "free alternative" to publisher's selection.
Whoever gets to be listened to about picks on the global (ie. outside city
block) scale *becomes* a label/publisher.

> The fascinating thing about the net is the uncomplicated way to get
> information on a subject, be it music, text, information, and be able to
> compare these. Only this act allows for *some* choice and a little
> overview. The best example is the British Dossier on Iraq, which was pasted
> together from a variety of other, out of date sources. Because of the net,
> people and professionals alike could download and spread it freely, making

The price of bit is equal to the cost of copying that bit. The cost of copying
has two elements - the actual cost of duplication (bandwidth etc.) and legal
cost (probability of punishment x cost of punishment.)

Without legal component all money goes to the bandwidth providers.

The basic misconception is that somehow creators will arrange bits for nothing,
for world fame, for benefit of some fucking "community", etc. They will not.
The ones who will are allready there - and the result is practically
content-free Internet.

Of course that people like to spread freely bits that someone else arranged at
the low cost of bandwidth and disk space. What we have is the result of that.

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