05 January 2010

Early Candidate for Quote of the Decade

From Cory Doctorow, in response to Bono's latest whinge about file sharing:
If only greed and ignorance could sequester carbon, Bono could FINALLY save the planet
I could point out that China doesn't so much track content, as Bono claims, it blocks it, which is fine if you want to stop something being available at all, but not so good if you want to stop it being obtained from one source, but sell it extensively from another.

I could point out the incredible hypocrisy of a rent-seeking fat cat like Bono condemning "rich service providers."

I could point out that, in the UK at least, far from ISPs having massively swollen profits, it is actually a fairly low margin business.

I could point out that the idea that file-sharing hurts creators isn't backed by any real evidence.

But, in the end, I think Cory Doctorow's comment says all that needs to be said.

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