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Why do we never say 'Hey, I read this book - it was interesting - so I scanned it and uploaded it to bit torrent'?

What makes music different?

Because a music clip lasts 3 minutes but the book takes 3 hours or 3 days or 3 weeks to read.

And because we don't have the tools to copy and splice video and audio files like we do have a keyboard and cut-and-paste. Not everyone has a scanner, and scanning a book is a lot of work anyway. Everyone has a CD player on their computer, and software to rip it and convert it.

If people don't have to scan the book but actually have the audiobook or a PDF e-book they are more likely to just upload it to a bit torrent.

So it is not the same, not by a long shot.

Oye, vatos, dees English sink todos mi ships, chinga sus madres, so escuche: el fleet es ahora refloated, OK? — The War Nerd

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Sep 25th, 2007 at 02:07:31 AM EST
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