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Clay Shirky uses 'Sharing' as a euphemism for Internet Piracy.

Sharing an item you bought - like a book or a disc with a real friend is legitimate. Sharing my copyright content with millions of internet users is piracy, the long term effect of which will be the disincentive to produce creative content. I am speaking as an independent producer of copyright content who has been the victim of online piracy.


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    Jan 20 2012: If you are so concerned about having your "protected" intellectual ideologies "pirated" by others, why post them on-line? Clearly the logical course of action would be not to do so. This act does oversteps its bounds on drawing a line against on-line piracy. Downloading music online in ordder to avoid paying for the Cd iitself is piracy, attempting to improve upon the ideals of others is not.
    • Jan 20 2012: Who said I posted on-line.
      My physical CD has been ripped and posted on-line without my consent, because I am an independent without the muscle of the bug companies.
      Someone uploaded one of my improvisations to YouTube, also without my consent, but hey, its a digital world.
      • Jan 20 2012: John, with all due respect -- who are you? What is your content? Where can I see/touch/feel your CD? Where can I be exposed to your creative content? I live in the middle of nowhere. I love new content. I will not get it at my local truck stop, and I don't live at the nearest WalMart 50 miles away.

        Without the sharing capabilities of the internet, I will never hear your name, or your creativity, unless Time Warner or Universal or Disney think YOU can make them big bucks -- big enough bucks to matter to them. Even George Lucas (ever heard of him?) can't get HIS content distributed by anyone if it's not within their narrow business model. So you? You don't stand a chance.

        If you are the John Bostock on Yahoo!Music, I tried to listen via the Rhapsody player and neither of the two 30 second clips would play for me. As a consumer, you lost my interest in trying again, because I do not have a reason to keep trying. I found another John Bostock on YouTube, but which one? The piano soloist? The karaoke background? The cover artist?

        And yet, if I hear a single song, by you, as background for a video I'm interested in, it's like scrolling through the radio stations in my car -- well, now, I like that, who is this?

        Hint: I spend ten times longer on the internet than I do in my car. Think about it.
        • Jan 20 2012: You can find me through Google. My physical CD's are available from CDBaby. My music is streamed by LastFM and Spotify, at the wonderful rate of 0.0045 cents per listen. My music is also available for streaming and download via BandCamp. There is even a clip on You Tube not uploaded by me. My point is this: as an independent I know that i have no muscle. The web should work for me. The legitimate parts of it do. The pirate parts have totally stalled my initiative. I am surprised that I have almost 400 listeners on Last FM - think about it - I have no promotion at all. Apparently the content quality is what sells.
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        Jan 20 2012: Use it to your benefit.

        Really, you should have uploaded a copy yourself at a lesser-quality compression, and use the channel as a way to communicate with fans and sell better versions.

        The person who uploaded it may be trying to introduce your music to their friends and networks - you know, RECOMMENDING YOU. If you had had your own stuff online, they could have referred people to your page where you can control the message, point people to your other work, etc.

        This is a lot like the time when I was stuck working out of a client site and I had to poke holes in their firewall to accomplish my work because their moronic I/T team wouldn't let me do it legitimately. Really, I didn't want to poke holes in their security, unfortunately they made it the ONLY WAY to get my work done.

        If people are going to do this shit, you need to figure out how to make it work for you.
        • Jan 20 2012: Thank you, your advice is spot on. I will get around to it sometime in my life. At present I am too busy trying to live in the real world. That is right, musicians have to live and if they don't get paid for making music then they go and do other things. No time to make or promote creative content. Get it?
      • Jan 21 2012: You could always file a DMCA takedown notice. That would get your video off YouTube even though it would lessen your exposure up on the web. It's that two-edged sword again.
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        Jan 21 2012: "No time to make or promote creative content. Get it?"

        Uh, that is PART of marketing/promoting the content.

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