Prophet Vs. Profit: Barlow and Glickman On Sharing Media

BBC Newsnight thought it might shed some light on movement in the ongoing debate over sharing versus copyright to invite EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow and MPAA CEO Dan Glickman to do a “he said-he said.” (via Techdirt) The results are fairly predictable:
Barlow believes the “17-year-olds who have turned themselves into electronic Hezbollah because they resent the content industry for its proprietary practices” will win eventually. … It’s widely assumed that you can’t compete with free and that seems like a reasonable thing to think. But this has not been my experience. I mean I’ve made a fair amount of money over the years writing songs for ‘The Grateful Dead’ who allowed their fans to tape their concerts.”
Glickman goes to another extreme, conflating sharing with giving away everything free: “It is ridiculous to believe that you can give product away for free and be more successful. I mean it defies the laws of nature. … he is right to the extent that we need to be finding new and different ways to get our content to people, whether it’s internet or whether it’s iPod or whether it’s remotely accessed in various parts of the world. If [we] don’t the consumer will not be satisfied and in this business the consumer is king and queen. If you don’t make them happy they won’t buy your product.”
Barlow doubts the two of them could have a civilized conversation on the subject; Glickman thinks they could have a good time. I think I’d donate money to a worthy cause if they’d get together for lunch or maybe dinner and a movie.

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