[ExI] 'Copyright' (Was: Re: to my fellow renaissance life forms)

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 19 22:30:49 UTC 2021

 How many times have you heard second and third albums from promising
bands, and thought "Not nearly as good as the first one"? Why do you think
that is?  ben
I have read several things about hot streaks in various sports.  Or
sometimes they call it momentum.  Statistical studies show that there is no
such thing as momentum or hot streaks.  Consider how a first album gets
published:  only the very best songs are included - nothing held back.
They want to take advantage of the popularity of the album but it takes
time to come up with more great songs.  Same thing in novels:  second one
not as good (like the next one after Ready Player One).
Some of these effects fit regression to the mean as well.    bill w

On Thu, Aug 19, 2021 at 4:25 PM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> SR Ballard wrote:
> > I like their work, I give them money. It’s not complicated.
> >
> > I will often buy a physical or electronic copy of a book I have
> > pirated, if I liked it. I buy merch from bands, pay for concert
> > tickets, buy tracks. I donate money to streamers...
> >
> > Piracy is no different than borrowing your friend’s book/CD/movie. If
> > you enjoyed it, you’ll get a legit copy for yourself.
> >
> > SR Ballard
> Thank you, a lone sane voice among the brainwashed (so it seems to me,
> anyway).
> Ask Charlie Stross how he makes a living when he routinely puts his
> fiction on the web for anyone to read without any strings whatsoever.
> My experience and opinion, is the same as SRB's. I have paid-for hard
> copies of several works of fiction (by Stross and others) that I first
> read for free. I decided that I wanted to give these guys money to
> encourage them to keep writing the stuff that I like. I have also read
> for free, stuff that I didn't like so much, and declined to give those
> authors money, not wanting to encourage them further.
> What could be fairer than that?
> The people who profit the most from the current system are the
> middle-men. The publishers and big media corporations. You know, the
> ones who lobby for these crazy copyright laws that benefit no-one but
> them. The sooner these parasites wither away, the better.
> Regarding the notion that amateur musicians create nothing but
> poor-quality pap, consider what the word 'amateur' actually means. And
> think about who is more likely to produce good music: Someone who does
> it for love, or someone who does it to pay the rent? How many times have
> you heard second and third albums from promising bands, and thought "Not
> nearly as good as the first one"? Why do you think that is?
> This is one area where I'm quite dismayed to see extropians so deeply
> entrenched in the same mental rut as the vast majority of people. We're
> supposed to be good at thinking outside the box and looking to a better
> future, not enthusiastically toeing the corporate party line that's
> threatening to drag us down into the kind of dystopia that Cory Doctorow
> etc. keep trying to alert us all to.
> Ben
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