re: Napster: thoughts and comments?

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Wed Jul 12 2000 - 02:23:40 MDT

>From: "Michael LaTorra" <>

> asked:
> > What does the list think of Napster? Is ethical or non-ethical? Do you
>I don't use it and I consider it unethical. Perhaps I am biased by the fact
>that I hold copyright to a book and so can empathize with the holders of
>musical copyrights.

I like Napster because it fosters the "information wants to be free" ethic.
I am writing a novel now, and someday will register the copyright on it. I
will try to rake in as much cash as possible from it, but I suppose I won't
be able to complain if somebody scans the whole thing and posts it to
Usenet. But I suppose I write for the enjoyment of the creative process,
and even if I knew for a fact that I'd never earn a dime from the book, I'd
keep writing it anyway.


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