2009-10-06

Money quotes from Social History of the mp3

This is a damn fine piece, here are a few nuggets that leapt out at me:
"Music is a social process driven by passion, not market logic or copyright."
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"The mp3 may have atomized music into millions of little pieces, but each piece, it seems, found a publicist. The average music fan now has the built-in capacity to double as promoter and distributor in an ever-expanding arena that's making and eliminating rules every minute."
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"In the same way that technology is a social force created by humans, with the power to expand or restrict what we're able to do, so goes the law."
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"What DRM taught us during its short life, is that for the law to work, people have to believe in it. This doesn't necessitate Pirate Bay-level countercultural deviance, but the simple idea that the rules laid down are based in common sense, not the frigid logic of corporate balance sheets."
[via Nick via Noah]

1 comment:

  1. That second quote is such a great breakdown! The same could be said of blogs in the world of journalism.

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