I have mainly been engaged in the ongoing copyright debate online, but last week I took part in two different public fora - one was the NPR show 'Talk of the Nation' which had a section on music downloading (I'm on at 23:40), the other was the ILAW seminar at Stanford, where they were discussing the same issue.
In each case I was both frustrated and concerned. On NPR I explained that the RIAA repreesent only a tiny minority of musicians, and many more are able to take advantage of the net, but was cut off before I could develop the point.
At ILAW I was able to make one brief point on emulation, but time ran out before I could explain the objections to the Fisher 'Nationalisation' proposals.
With the Grokster CEO, the Future of Music Coalition and the lawyers at ILAW all wanting the government to fix things for us via compulsory licensing and taxing computers and the net, I am getting concerned.
Lisa Rein did film my off-the-cuff explanations, but I feel I need to do two things - come up with sound bites for use in these occasions in the future, and explain them more fully here.
Here are my sound-bites, which I will call the 6 heresies of digital media:
DRM destroys value
The top 20 don't matter
Streaming wastes bandwidth
Live broadcasts waste time
Advertising reduces incentives
Compression wastes entropy
I'll expand on these later, as time permits.