RE: [rumori] FW: Regarding the Changes (for artists)

From: Nicola Battista (
Date: Fri Dec 13 2002 - 00:31:19 PST

Illegal art:
>i think the general internet model was to give everything away for
>free, get as much of the market share as you can (because it was
>supposedly the future market), and then figure out how to make a
>profit (i think even Napster was based on this idea).

I think Napster wasn't based on this idea at the beginning (when Shawn
Fanning created it). But for sure it was when in may-june 2000 it raised 23
million dollars from various investors.
When I heard about that I immediately sued them for copyright infringment. I
had nothing against people trading mp3s for non commercial reasons/personal
use, but I was also aware that no one invests millions of $ in something
that won't be transformed in a commercial service at some point... and a
commercial subscription service has to share revenue with artists, authors
and other copyright owners involved, in my opinion.

>this, of
>course, led to the perception that the internet is free....

this happened with everything, from free email accounts to other services
(at some points I even got a free intranet from ... of course
it didn't last ;)))

>and i agree with steev that we should all stop funding the military.

"me too, me too!"

DjB ;)

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