Thanks to the release of a new book by novelist Cory Doctorow, co-editor of BoingBoing, the site is now giving us a free look at the introduction to the book - "Information Doesn't Want to Be Free." It's written by the wonderful Neil Gaiman and has the (as usual) delightful title: "How I learned to stop worrying and love the duplicator machines." He addresses information freedom issues like copyright, piracy and how the music and publishing industries have evolved and will continue to do so. Here's an excerpt:
"When my friends who were musicians first started complaining sadly about people stealing their music on Napster, back in the 1990s, I told them about the story of the duplicator machines. (...)
It seemed to me that copying music was not stealing. It was something else. It was the duplicator machine story: you were pressing a button and an object appeared in the pan. Which meant. I suspected, that music-as-object (CD, vinyl, cassette tape) was going to lose value, and that other things – mostly things that could not be reproduced, things like live shows and personal contact – would increase in value."
Check out the rest of the piece using the link and let's discuss in the comments here below!