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If piracy means using the creative property of others without their permission, then the history of the content industry is a history of piracy. Every important sector of big media today - film, music, radio, and cable TV - was born of a kind of piracy. The consistent story is how each generation welcomes the pirates from the last. Each generation - until now. - Lawrence Lessig, "Some Like It Hot". Wired

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The first wave was after slaves, precious metals and lands for raising export crops; the second wave was after new investment acquisitions, sources of raw materials and labor, and industrial markets. The third wave is after sources of mental labor, sources of information raw materials, and markets for information products....

The low cost of reproduction of information creates the basic contradiction within the information sector.

On the one hand, it makes it very easy to share information products freely. On the other hand, it makes the potential profits from selling the product very high.

We share information all the time. The lower the cost of reproducing information, the lower the barrier in sharing it. Once information is released, it tends to have a life of its own and gets shared among users until all who want it have gotten it. This reflects the social nature of information.

But because the free sharing of information goods makes it difficult to set high prices for them, commercial information producers tend to do everything in their power to prohibit the free exchange of information. If they manage to do so, they can create an artifical scarcity, which enables them to keep prices -and profit margins- high. -Obet Verzola on Information Monopolies.

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