Why Napster Must Die
from the because-some-columnists-don't-understand-the-nature-of-information dept
David Coursey’s latest column has caused him to drop several levels in my respect for his writings. It’s the same column people were writing a year ago saying that Napster is theft. I’ve gone through this argument a hundred times already. For a theft to occur someone has to be missing something. When I pass on a copy of a song, no one is missing something. It is not the equivalent to me walking off with a CD out of a store – because by me taking that CD, that’s one less CD the store has to sell. When I pass on a copy of a song, that’s not the same. If people want to argue about other aspects of legality and morality when it comes to Napster and file sharing, that’s fine. But, to equate it with stealing physical items is simply wrong.