11 November 2007

The Precise Trajectory of the Meteor

Ian Rogers at Fistfulayen gave this wonderfully clear presentation to some music industry dinosaurs on why “convenience wins, hubris loses”.

Instead they commenced suing Napster. We were naive to be sure, but we were genuinely surprised by the approach. Suing Napster without offering an alternative just seemed like a denial of fact. Napster didn’t invent the ability to do P2P, it was inherent in TCP/IP. It was like throwing Newton in jail for popularizing the concept of gravity. [...] Make it easy, I wrote, and convenience will beat free.

Here’s a somewhat more wonky take on the same topic from Stephen Dubner.

Currently listening to: Prince kick a ton of ass in another of Ian’s posts

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