Re: [rumori] Programmers vs. Musicians

From: Steev Hise (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 08:41:22 PST

the similarities are there, and there are some differences,
too. software generally is more expensive to develop, but
once it's done, as with music, the marginal cost is close to
zero. (that means extra copies dont cost anything to the
producer). Microsoft has already made back the money they
spent developing Office 2000. They don't need or deserve the
600 bucks from me, just as Metallica has already paid for
its studio time and guitars and amps it used to record "Kill
em All".

we've discussed this here on and off before and i've
mentioned over and over the way the copyright struggle with
music/art resembles that with software.

read up on the open source movement, Jay. and

 but to answer really quickly on a personal level: i make a
living as a freelance programmer. but i don't sell a
shrinkwrapped product. i sell my expertise, my consulting
services. musicians and other artists should start thinking
of ways that they can treat their work in this way also.
key example: as an artist, when i perform live i make a lot
more money than i ever have selling CDs or other tangible
things, like many (most?) performing artists.


Steev Hise, Wannabe Has-Been
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