"One of the most compelling visions of the future of the Internet is that of
the "Heavenly Jukebox," an electronic library containing every creative work
ever published. Music, films, books, photos - anything that can be converted
to a bitstream could be available to everyone, at any time, from anywhere.
But that Utopian promise has given way to cold economic reality: until
copyright holders can get paid for the use of their content, they will not
willingly allow their material to be freely distributed. And nobody seems to
be able to figure out how they can get paid."
"It is reasonable to conclude that the publishers' attempt to retain control
over distribution of content runs a very high risk of failure. ..."
and as discussed at slashdot
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