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  • Aug 4th, 2009 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Wikipedia accuracay

    "Wikipedia is actually very good on technical subjects - because only people with the right background will post there."

    Right, because ALL people with technical backgrounds are inherently trustworthy and would never possibly get a fact wrong. Give me a break.

    Some of them can't even spell properly, even as simple a word as "accuracy."

  • Jun 2nd, 2009 @ 4:45pm

    RE: Something Missing...

    "If one can download a product, the supply becomes infinite, which means that the real price of the product should be 0."

    If you truly believe this despite any content creator's hard work, then you're a pirate, and you have no ethics. Music (or any other digital good) isn't suddenly worthless just because you can copy it for free, or no one at all would pay any money for it. Since people do, your argument is incorrect.

    "but I don't see hordes of pirates sending money directly to artists either.

    Tell that to the people packed into a venue to see their favorite artist."

    Great point, Joe - but not all people who pirate music go to concerts or buy t-shirts or contribute in any way to their favorite artists' living.

    BTW, I did note somewhere where someone suggested a nickel a song. If it's the right price, then that's what the market will gravitate toward. If it's not...it won't.

  • Jun 2nd, 2009 @ 3:26pm

    Something missing...

    I see the typical pirate mentality throughout the comments. What I don't see is this: what IS a fair price? There isn't one, because a pirate thinks a fair price is Zero.

    Personally, I'll pay up to a dollar for a song I like, although certainly not unless I've already heard it and know I like it. Can I get the same song for free? Probably, but musicians deserve money for their work. You can argue all you want that the money goes to the industry and not the artists, but I don't see hordes of pirates sending money directly to artists either.

    People pirate - and always will - because they can. The market will find a "fair price," but I don't think that price will have anything to do with ease of piracy. Instead, it will be what people who actually have ethics and a conscience are willing to pay.