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Thu, Apr. 6th, 2006 10:37 am
Pirates have a proverb: if your boat is sinking, don't sue the water

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Lloyd
Thu, Apr. 6th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)

Forgive me, I'm feeling a tad dense today so this will likely be not so eloquent...
There's no high moral ground when you're at sea
You're right.
But to me a peer is a person, the source of all sorts of possible gains, quantifiable or not.

I guess I see all music as one of those things thats sort of intangible. It's a service which is non exclusive. We're all providers in a sense. The beauty of the p2p networks can be likened to ad revenue. Even the folks that aren't paying for it with cash are generally doing a service. Or at least I'd like to think so. This may not work in the short scale of things, but I think in the long run, exposure and coverage trump the initial numbers, and likely bring in more money than folks realize.

As for where I stand? I'd have to agree with you on most things. Do I distribute and download? Of course. Generally speaking I only do this with groups I don't think people have heard of, so I take some solace in that, but I feel its important to buy the album just the same. I also buy their merchandise and see their concerts. I want to support these folks because I want them to keep making the music. Machines like Madonna charging 355 bucks for a ticket to her latest concert? I doubt any amount of money I could pour into that machine would make it run any better or keep it going when it's on its last leg.

It's kind of amazing. To those that make the most money, the dollar is important for an entirely different reason that the dollar is important to those who make less. Once more proving the high ground varies upon on the wave you ride.


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