“One study, even a good one like Copy Culture, won’t end the debate on sharing in the internet economy. But it certainly casts a more sober and hopeful light on what people are actually doing and thinking.” — David Campbell
I imagine the debate about copy culture will last as long as it takes the analog, mass media industries to adjust to digital technology. They will adapt or die. Then there won’t be that much to talk about.
I say this to suggest copy culture is an analog problem. I can’t bear the idea of crippling the most powerful communications tool humanity is likely ever to create for the sake of the people who once stumped up the cash for the expensive machines to record sights and sounds in the old days - before we came to each carry this capability in our pockets. We produce a trillion times more media than the ‘media companies,’ and we generate far more economic value. Technology and copy culture should reflect us. We are citizens and producers, not consumers. Consider: in virtually every study on file sharing, copyright and piracy, most of the producers and creators are cast as consumers or pirates.
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Copy culture: What people actually think about file sharing