Tim O'Reilly wrote an essay
on the value of online file sharing without the need for onerous
digital restrictions (aka Digital Rights Management) or draconian
"intellectual property" laws (eg. DMCA).
Below are the 7 lessons (which he discusses in detail in the essay):
- Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.
- Piracy is progressive taxation
- Customers want to do the right thing, if they can.
- Shoplifting is a bigger threat than piracy.
- File sharing networks don't threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers.
- "Free" is eventually replaced by a higher-quality paid service
- There's more than one way to do it.