Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jan 2010 23:00 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Legal Ah, a lovely bit of news that to help us start the weekend off with positive thoughts! A UK jury has unanimously acquitted Alan Ellis, founder and administrator of the invitation-only OiNK music bittorrent tracker. This means that his 2 year-long trial has finally come to an end - there's no more room for appeal.
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RE[4]: Oink, oink
by quackalist on Sun 17th Jan 2010 02:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Oink, oink"
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If anyone cares to copy anything I own while leaving me with the original they're welcome.

Once "stuff" can be copied digitally at virtually no cost then the value of "stuff" will tend to virtually nothing unless, somehow, you can inhibit copying and therefore reintroduce a fictive scarcity. I've seen no evidence that in the case of music and increasingly films, with ever increasing download speeds, such inhibitions are within the grasp of anyone now the gene is out of the bottle.

Course, for "stuff" to be produced it has to be paid for somehow; but, for music anyway, there's noway the "somehow" will survive as it is now.

Mind, though I don't buy nearly as many CD's as I used to I still buy far more then your average consumer who have never bought that many anyway. So, expect, I'm your typical music loving serial downloader;)

Economically, I'd imagine, the "average consumer" on mass provides the vast amount of music industry profits and as they can download, in mp3, a great deal more in a day then they'd have bought in a year it doesn't take a genius...

Edited 2010-01-17 02:19 UTC

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