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  • Sep 13th, 2009 @ 12:31pm

    Analogy

    @herodotus

    Yes, it's an analogy, an inaccurate one. One creates an analogy to make a point, an inaccurate analogy makes an inaccurate point.

    If I were to say that no auto maker could make a profit by giving away free cars then it only makes sense that music creators cannot make money by giving away free music, would that be accurate?

    Mike's analogy does make sense in some ways; however, it misses the point in others.

  • Sep 13th, 2009 @ 8:05am

    One tomato to one song

    I feel that this analogy only works if there is only one piece of content that is being replicated (downloaded) over and over again.

    It seems that this tomato is created once and then replicated over and over. There is only one artist that created this tomato. It's easy to see how only one tomato creator could eventually make a good profit on his creation but in reality there are thousands (millions?) of tomato creators out there.

    While I don't think that this analogy exactly falls on its face, it gets pretty diluted with each and every additional tomato variation that becomes available for replication.

  • Sep 13th, 2009 @ 7:37am

    Money backed by what?

    @Luci

    Unless I am misunderstanding your post, our money fell off the gold standard in 1933 and is effectively backed only by our self discipline. The more we print, the less it's worth.