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NY Times: Making an Ally of Piracy

May 09, 1999, 16:35 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jaron Lanier)

Powerful words by an artist who wants the freedom to own and control the distribution of his own work. -- lt ed. note

"Piracy is a phony issue that record labels are hyping to rip off artists. Piracy has always existed. That's why there's a mountain of blank cassettes in any big electronic store."

"... if your music wasn't available for free in some form, no one would have a chance to hear it to decide to buy it in the first place. The old form of "free" music was radio..."

"When somebody in a dorm room buys thousands of dollars' worth of gear and stays up all night hacking MP3's just to get "free" music, that's what you call an opportunity, not a problem..."

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