I'm interested in this conception of work--it is work to make remixes and other transformative uses, but I generally think of that as a positive, both in terms of the legal argument (the fact that people put in lots of effort to make their noncommercial fanworks is evidence that doing so serves an important, First Amendment-favored communicative purpose) and a cultural one (creative work is good for you and for your community). Creativity is work too, and sometimes not that fun when you're staring at a half-finished story, but it seems to have intrinsic value where not all work does.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Farhad Manjoo as unrepentant but less frequent Bittorrenter
Here. What I found particularly notable (other than his admission that he just downloaded the latest True Blood) was his emphasis on convenience--at least if you've got the money (a big if), the question is simply whether it's easier to download an unauthorized copy or download/stream an authorized one. He increasingly turns to authorized copies because "piracy is work."