Whenever a new technology has disrupted copyright, we've changed copyright. Copyright isn't an ethical proposition, it's a utlititarian one. There's nothing *moral* about paying a composer tuppence for the piano-roll rights, there's nothing *immoral* about not paying Hollywood for the right to videotape a movie off your TV. They're just the best way of balancing out so that people's physical property rights in their VCRs and phonographs are respected and so that creators get enough of a dangling carrot to go on making shows and music and books and paintings. [emphasis mine]
If the media companies didn't do DRM, there is no way congress would support them stopping the people that are making a living stealing content.
let me introduce you to Little Brother, a very funky hip-hop group out of North Carolina. They are building a fast following, in part due to a good understanding of the Internet and its community-building capabilities.
Wilco offered Yankee Hotel Foxtrot free on their site when their record company dropped them. (But then, they're Wilco, and it was Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.)
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