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We Do, But We Aren’t: A critical examination of sex independent of marriage

The Christian community is rife with warnings about people having sexual relationships outside of the marriage commitment, a practice typically referred to as premarital sex. Abstinence is considered to be worth whatever hardship it incurs…Continue readingWe Do, But We Aren’t: A critical examination of sex independent of marriage

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Creators Don’t Get to Choose Which Business Model Works

As it becomes harder and harder to attack the logic of the CwF+RtB business model, I’ve seen a lot more people reaching for a kind of compromise or balance option. It goes something like, “Okay,…Continue readingCreators Don’t Get to Choose Which Business Model Works

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I Don’t Believe in Imaginary Property

Despite the attempts to elevate it to something tantamount to actual items, so-called “intellectual property” occupies the Land of Make-Believe along with unicorns and elves. Yet the very suggestion that the monopoly privileges associated with…Continue readingI Don’t Believe in Imaginary Property

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Bennet Lincoff’s Proposal Has a Familiar Stink

The Bennet Lincoff proposal has been getting a decent bit of play from the “copyright compromise” crowd, and advocates replacing copyright with a renamed “digital transmission right” that covers how digital files are used online.…Continue readingBennet Lincoff’s Proposal Has a Familiar Stink

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Paying Attention to Filesharing

Filesharers are all too often characterized as lawless neanderthals who “just want things for free.” Of course, the evidence shows that in fact, digital sales are increasing and many studies have suggested that sharers actually…Continue readingPaying Attention to Filesharing

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How to Save the Music Industry

I first started getting interested in “copyfight” and issues related to filesharing in college, where I was introduced to a local network where resident students across the university campus could connect and share what they…Continue readingHow to Save the Music Industry

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Who Really Has the Moral High Ground on Filesharing?

A number of people I have talked to claim that they do not engage in filesharing because “it’s wrong,” a sentiment that seems deeply rooted in the idea that sharing files involves taking something that…Continue readingWho Really Has the Moral High Ground on Filesharing?

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Music, Evolved

I have been talking about the evolution of content distribution in my last couple of posts, and I’ve pulled together some thoughts about how this has affected the music industry specifically. Robert Heinlein said it…Continue readingMusic, Evolved