red and i are hijacking a thread, and this is a topic i like, so i am moving to this new thread, and continuing here: many, many articles, were written by the same people who wrote the articles for the other encyclopedias. anyways, who wrote the articles is not really relevant, the point is that knowledgeable people volunteer information for free. if you steal encyclopedia brittanica, and that puts them out of business, so what, the service they provide is no longer necessary. if it needed to start from scratch it would be done for free. besides, unix was writen a long time, ago, and much more effort has been put into modern versions of linux. if unix never existed, a free OS would be written anyways. therre is an army of geeks worldwide who love writing and collaborating on code. and the open source methods are better anyways, they can be fixed more quickly and are freely adaptable. that is why ibm runs so much linux. i do not care. if i like then maybe i will pay to see them play. once i wrote a really funny joke. after i told it, everyone who heard it took and stole it from me. where is my protection? the joke was stolen! too bad for me. it is the same thing with music and movies and encyclopedias and information in general. information should be free, and when it is, it benefits everyone. same reason linus torvalds works on linux. same reason people write wiki articles. for the fun of it. if i was talented, i would damn sure perform music for free. it is fun. kids that pick up guitars do not do it for cash. they do it for fun, and for the ladies. a good friend of mine went to russia. he took some photos. after he returned he noticed a wikipedia article on an obscure place he visited, it needed a photo. he gave them his, it gets a creative commons license, it looks great, the world gets it for free, he doesnt care. he was happy to do it. see where this is going? information isnt scarce like gasoline. if gasoline could be replicated infinitely and distributed for free and produced by volunteers, i wouldnt pay for it either. i dont steal potatoes. if i did, farmers would go out of business, no more taters for me. they do not grow potatoes for fun. music, movies, information, this is different. musicians will not stop the rocking. you cant stop the rocking. music was made before it was sold, and will be made after. if the model for making money with music shifts to performances, so be it. record companies are marketing and distribution machines. i need neither of those services. they market mass appeal crap anyways. if they all go out of business, no big loss. distribution of information doesnt cost like it used to . no trucks delivering cds are necessary. no store is needed. the whole music distribution network is outdated. stealing, music, we democratize the system. music isnt shoved down our throats, we pick what we want. so what if capitol records cannot afford to plaster posters of the latest boy band everywhere. dont need it. the future of information is free, collaborative and unrestricted. no longer will information be protected behind technological or government-enforced monopolies.