Miscellany

Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution

For all of these creative artists, most laboring in obscurity, being well-enough known to be pirated would be a crowning achievement. Piracy is a kind of progressive taxation, which may shave a few percentage points off the sales of well-known artists (and I say “may” because even that point is not proven), in exchange for massive benefits to the far greater number for whom exposure may lead to increased revenues.

Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution

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