Saturday, August 05, 2006

Seven Lessons

Seven lessons quoted from an essay Tim O'Reilly which he wrote at the height of the P2P-era; still extremely relevant.

.........a piece I wrote in 2002, entitled Piracy is Progressive Taxation. It contained seven lessons from my experience as a print and online publisher:

   1. Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.
   2. Piracy is progressive taxation.
   3. Customers want to do the right thing, if they can.
   4. Shoplifting is a bigger threat than piracy.
   5. File sharing networks don't threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers.
   6. "Free" is eventually replaced by a higher-quality paid service.
   7. "There's more than one way to do it."

Read the entire essay......

Murphy's First Law: Nothing is as easy as it looks.

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