October 21, 2020

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I received a another blog from Paul McGowan, owner of PS Audio (www.psaudio.com) that I want to share with you. It is about sharing and how the music industry and the publishing industry want to make it illegal for you to do this over the Internet. If these people have their way I would not even be able to share this blog with you.

“My son Scott handed me a new book he just finished reading and suggested I read it. I am reading it and enjoying it. Others send me music to listen to.

Sharing books and music has been a part of our culture for many, many years. I suspect it will continue to be so.

The music industry and the publishing industry wants to make the sharing of media both immoral and illegal. They would like to shame me and you by suggesting that every time you share music or books – you’re stealing – the author or musician isn’t getting paid for his/her work each time it’s accessed (don’t tell librarians that they may soon be under attack for their years of sharing).

I would suggest this notion of theirs is patently absurd and wrongheaded. They, on the other hand, will point out that both the publishing industry and the music industry are in shambles and we, the people sharing books and music are to blame.

You buying that? I am not. In fact, let me go so far as to say that their attempts to change a culture of sharing that has existed for as long as books and music have been around is, in itself, the shameful act.

The demise of these two industries has nothing to do with sharing and everything to do with a shift in technology.

When technology changes an industry, the first reaction by the industry is to protect itself by whatever means possible. That’s what’s happening right now.

The better choice is to figure out where you fit into the new culture and make the best of it.

Read any good books lately?”

If you want to receive Paul’s blogs go to:

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I endorse everything Paul says. I share music with friends and they do so in return. Because of this I BUY music recordings of these artists whom I had never heard of and/or never had experienced their music before. I am talking of over $5,000 worth of albums, iTunes downloads, etc over the years. I am not alone in this. The same thing applies to books. I have read authors I would not have through sharing and bought other titles written by these same authors.

Why do so called educated people look at a picture only from the face? The back is often more rewarding.

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