Saturday, December 22, 2007

Death of copyrights is just a decade away!

A simple experiment in audience participation reveals to NYTimes tech columnist David Pogue the truth: young people don't give a shit to copyrights. He draws the right conclusions:

I don't pretend to know what the solution to the file-sharing issue is. (Although I'm increasingly convinced that copy protection isn't it.)

I do know, though, that the TV, movie and record companies' problems have only just begun. Right now, the customers who can't even *see* why file sharing might be wrong are still young. But 10, 20, 30 years from now, that crowd will be *everybody*. What will happen then?

My guess is that the young people have already given their answer to that question: the world will be a better place.

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Thanks to Bora for the pointer. He titled his post "Information wants to be free."