Matt Mason Weighs in on Bragg’s OpEd

Matt “The Pirate’s Dilemma” Mason has weighed in on the debate that Billy Bragg got rolling in a big way last week in the NYT and well documented right here in this blog.

Matt brings a lot of perspective to the table:

“All the people at the extreme ends of both sides of this debate are wrong. But the truce is coming. Soon enough, there will very likely be a $5-$10 a month voluntary license fee for downloading all the music you want, and most people will be happy to pay it. As long as the money makes its way back to artists, it will help the music business grow.”


“When peace breaks out in the music business, a lot of people are going to have to find something else to talk about (which is why I cunningly future-proofed The Pirate’s Dilemma by talking about piracy in all businesses…). Music pirates will no longer be the face of the revolution, they will be part of the old regime.”

I highly recommend checking out his whole piece.  The music industry is definitely the one to watch for what might be in store for books and video.


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