Liberzine.com: Making money in a "copyright-free" worldAug 12, 2000, 20:07 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Brito)
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"Online music-swapping software such as Napster, Freenet, continue to demonstrate that the idea of intellectual property as we know it today is dead. Legal or illegal, moral or immoral, distributed file sharing via the Internet precludes the enforcement of any copyright laws."
"That has alarmed many who fear that artists and other content creators will not be able to profit from their work. The reality is that just isn't the case. As many have pointed out, business models will change to adapt to the emerging technologies that are not going away. But what exactly are those business models and how will they work?"
"Let's assume that we live in a "copyright-free" world where once a musician or a writer publishes a work once -- as a book or a CD -- it is immediately available at no cost to one and all via the Internet and with no legal repercussions. How is an artist to make any money off his labor?"