Access Not Ownership

Founder of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, David Lowery, recently wrote a widely-circulated article responding to an NPR intern’s account of her experiences with file-sharing and other forms of free music dissemination. Lowery’s piece has generated a lot of responses pointing out its factual innacuracies and biases. Techdirt collected some of those articles here. From Jonathan Coulton’s response:

This is my bias: the decline of scarcity seems inevitable to me. I have no doubt that this fight over mp3s is just the first of many fights we’re going to have about this stuff. Our laws and ethics already fail to match up with our behaviors, and for my money, those are the things we should be trying to fix. The change is already happening to us, and it’s a change that WE ARE CHOOSING. It’s too late to stop it, because we actually kind of like a lot of the things that we’re getting out of it

Published on 2 July 2012

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