Re: When is an MP3 file like a lighthouse?

From: Alex F. Bokov (
Date: Wed Oct 24 2001 - 19:12:43 MDT


On Wed, 24 Oct 2001, Smigrodzki, Rafal wrote:

> ### Artists would on average make less money. Tough. More worrisome would be
> the reduced incentive to publish handbooks and other scientific and
> technical works which need constant updating and maintenance.

Actually, a surprising amount of that work is already not directly
paid for by the end user. Rafal, when you publish your papers in
certain journals, *you* pay a small fee for the priviledge of doing
so, don't you? If you could choose to make your paper available for
free online to anybody who wants it, wouldn't you choose to do so on
the premise that it would increase the number of times you are cited
by colleagues?

When you need help with a wierd program error, what is the first
thing you do-- buy a manual or perform a google search for a unique
phrase extracted from the error message?

Technical materials often don't sell enough copies to make a big
profit, yet they are obviously valuable. Sure enough, the market has
found and is continuing to refine models to encourage their
development and distribution. Put a little trust into unbridled
capitalism, people.

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