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Digital Piracy

The Big Idea for Wednesday, October 30, 2013

We run the risk of creating an economy that doesn’t support human contributors, Jaron Lanier and other critics of Web 2.0 have argued.

In today's lesson, we look at how structural problems that exist within the media and entertainment industry are creating this situation. After all, while the number of people connected online continues to grow dramatically, this increase is not matched by revenue for content creators. 

As Jonathan Taplan, director of the Innovation Lab at USC Annenberg, points out, the problem is that "free always wins over something that costs something," 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Piracy is No One's Friend
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 The Piracy Paradox
    Kal Raustiala
  3. 3 Jonathan Zittrain on The Future of the Internet and How To Stop It
    Jonathan Zittrain
  4. 4 Jaron Lanier: Let’s Unmask the Great and Powerful Oz of Technology
    Jason Gots Input/Output
 

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