[Cdn-DMCA] TPM and the End User
mcr at sandelman.ottawa.on.ca
Tue Apr 9 22:09:36 EDT 2002
>>>>> "mskala" == mskala <mskala at ansuz.sooke.bc.ca> writes:
mskala> On Tue, 9 Apr 2002, Michael Richardson wrote:
>> A has population four, produces four songs.
>> For A: exports 4 songs * 2 countries -> 8 songs
mskala> Where did those 8 songs come from? You said above that A
mskala> produced four.
mskala> One song can be exported twice, and it's still the same song. If
Ah, here is the key then.
An import is always counted against one, but one can export only once.
By that rule, it is true, everyone is a net importer.
mskala> you're exporting them by pressing CDs then you will have to ship
mskala> twice as many atoms, and if you're exporting them over a network
mskala> then you (or someone) will have to pay for the traffic twice, but
mskala> with cheap network transmission the significant cost is in making
mskala> the song, not in shipping it. Although you can (and do, in the
mskala> quotes I snipped) argue that the "export" happens twice, most of
mskala> the cost only has to be paid *once*. Everyone can benefit from a
mskala> lot more data than the average amount anyone produces.
okay. I'll buy the argument now.
Copying bits is free. (It isn't but is might as well be unmetered)
mskala> Yes, I'm playing a semantic game with the meaning of "export"
mskala> here, and if you want to try to define that word in a way that
mskala> renders my statement false, I can't stop you. My important point
mskala> is that by far the biggest costs in producing music (or any other
mskala> form of "content") are paid *per song* instead of *per copy of a
mskala> song*. The usefulness or value of the content increases with the
mskala> number of copies, while the cost doesn't increase, or increases
mskala> much more slowly. Every time someone copies a song, the total
mskala> amount of value increases. Value is not globally conserved. --
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