"if you were a painter and were putting the finishing touches on your pieces for a show, wouldn't you be upset if someone broke into your studio, took your unfinished paintings, and hung them in their public gallery without your permission?"
But what if they went to the gallery where you had sold them, took pictures, and then *shared those pictures* with their friends?
OMG!! the gallery is going to go broke because 91% of people that COULD visit a gallery and view your paintings DIDN'T because they had a copy sent to them by a friend. And you will go broke because the gallery will not buy any more of your paintings!
And you will never sell that picture over and over and over... because you only painted ONE original and the rest are worthless copies, right?
That's not how it works. Gutenberg put thousands of scribes out of work. Kodak put thousands of portrait painters in the poor house. Digital technology will change the way we profit from information.
Evolve, or die. And get off my lawn.
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