Tuesday, April 18, 2006

micropayments and Music Piracy

I Can't Stop Thinking! #6
I ran across this amusing and thoughtful, though (by nature, I guess) simplistic comic detailing a suggested solution to music piracy. There is a response, linked to at the bottom of the page, that addresses some of the issues, and if you follow some of the links in that, you can cut a trail through the entire controversy the comic generated, plus some other interesting data. In general, though, I suspect that the reason this is so emotive for so many is because all sides feel ripped off. A big question in Africa is, why is so much of our money leaving the country, even when we buy our own artists music? Will a system like this keep it more local, or is the wealth divide just too great to make it practical?

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