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A Vast Wasteland

I think it’s pretty much obvious to anyone with half a brain that information wants to be free—both free as in beer as well as free as in speech.  If it weren’t for huge soulless megacorporations imprisoning content behind unreasonably high paywalls and fascist licensing terms, we’d already be collectively a lot richer than we are today.  Anyway, it’s not like people would pay for most of their crap anyway, and since they never would have gotten that money, then it’s not like they’ve lost anything.  Hell, chances are that by being able to preview merchandise in full, sales are actually improved.

What?  Wasn’t this Talk Like A Pirate Day?

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    • #1
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    • Wed 19 Sep 2007
    • 2313
    Eric TF Bat wrote in to say...

    Ha. Ha. Harrrrrrr.

    • #2
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    • Wed 19 Sep 2007
    • 2349
    Dustin Brewer wrote in to say...

    Harr.

    • #3
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    • Thu 20 Sep 2007
    • 0846
    Will Kessel wrote in to say...

    The New York Times just dropped their paywall — finally — because they realized exactly what you point out here.

    The first thing I learned from NYT “after the fall of the wall”: pirates generally make lousy lawyers because they can’t pass the barrrrrrrrrrrr…

    ;-)

    • #4
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    • Thu 20 Sep 2007
    • 1008
    Andy Lester wrote in to say...

    Laughter & applause & pasting of URL to friends.

    • #5
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    • Thu 20 Sep 2007
    • 1137
    Jeff wrote in to say...

    Avast me boy oh’s… these pirate puns arrrrrghhh terrible! Although nowadays pirates you can still say that pirates work with bytes of eight!

    • #6
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    • Thu 20 Sep 2007
    • 2140
    Ralph Brandi wrote in to say...

    Best. Talk Like a Pirate. Post. Ever.

    • #7
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    • Sat 22 Sep 2007
    • 0852
    zeldman wrote in to say...

    Nice work, sir.

    • #8
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    • Sun 23 Sep 2007
    • 0054
    Eric the .5b wrote in to say...

    I miss the old pirates who just admitted they wanted booty and didn’t go into endless rounds of justifying themselves. :)

    • #9
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    • Mon 24 Sep 2007
    • 1250
    Leo Klein wrote in to say...

    Well, the endless extension of copyright is a form of piracy — from the Public Domain.

    It’s amazing that we can legally make available material only from the early 1920’s or earlier.

    That tells you a thing or two about what’s wrong with media ownership in this country.

    • #10
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    • Sun 7 Oct 2007
    • 2050
    Graphic Designer wrote in to say...

    Salon.com learned their lesson, too, probably at great cost to their formerly loyal readers’ good will.

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