OT: Re: Interesting Tim O'Reilly article.

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Fri Dec 13 09:53:00 2002

On Thu, 12 Dec 2002, Wayne M. Smith wrote:

> I became dubious as soon as he trotted out the "sample-then-buy" myth. While
> this argument might not have been laughable 4-5 years ago before CD burners were
> cheap and widespread, it's preposterous today. The rest is largely "blame the
> victim" drivel in the form of
> "you-haven't-given-us-what-we-want-in-the-form-we-want-it-so-that-justifies-our-
> stealing-it-from-you-until-you-do" -- or as O'Reilly cutely puts it "Give the
> Wookie what he wants."

Hi Wayne.

I don't find it preposterous at all. I burned one CD of Napster-derived
Jimi Hendrix music that I liked (and passed a couple copies around). I
bought probably 10-15 CDs based on music I had discovered through

I reward artists that make music I like by buying their albums. I suspect
I am not alone.

Ever since Napster went away I have returned to my normal buying habits of
1-2 CDs per 6 months. The drivel being played on the radio does not
compel me to go to the store.

> If you buy that, then you probably subscribe to that
> mainstay of the hacker apocrypha that Jon Johansen created DeCSS because he
> wanted to view DVDs on a Linux machine. Right.

Yes, I buy that. There is nothing wrong with DeCSS, just like there is
nothing wrong with a radio scanner, a lockpick set, a gun, etc. They are
all just tools.

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
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