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Category Archives: Free Culture

The Blorg

Most people know about network effects. You know, the value of a network (to its users) increases with the number of users on that network.
The same is true of information. Look at Wikipedia and Linux.
Millions of users added an article or two each to Wikipedia, and now everyone has a whole encyclopedia. (Actually, most of [...]

Brazil’s Technobrega Scene Driven By Music “Piracy”

I’ve just spotted another case where free information = profit. The Brazillian technobrega scene is driven mostly by artists encouraging their music to be copied freely. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, RIAA!

Free downloads = profit

In 2000, Baen Books created a free internet library as an experiment in publishing. The “First Librarian“, author Eric Flint, kept a proto-blog of the experience. I found it educational. Of particular interest is the intro, #1, #6, #10, and #11, as these all confirm that free downloads boost sales, both for books and music.
Cory [...]

Magnatune is not Evil

Hey. I know where you can get some music online. Shhh!
Why am I whispering? It’s all legal. You get to listen to streaming audio online for free. If you hear something you like (or love), you can shell out to download high quality tracks, or even have a CD printed and shipped to you. [...]