The Null Device
Piracy is progressive taxation
Tim O'Reilly (of the books with animals on their covers fame) has an essay
on file sharing, piracy and copy-denial technologies; in it he argues that piracy is progressive taxation, taking from established producers and giving (distribution, recognition, etc.) to the up-and-coming.
(Via Slashdot, to whose readers the article was undoubtedly crafted to appeal, right down to the Star Wars reference at the end.)
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