Over on my JupiterResearch weblog I wrote a post about why music can’t ‘just be free’. It’s proven to be one of the most contentious posts I’ve written, stirring up some pretty fiery debate and comment. As Jupiter’s blogs don’t enable comments I’m bringing the debate here. Read my original post to see the source of the debate.
My opinions are just that, and Jupiter has always believed that good opinions are shaped through debate. So please leave your comments here and I’ll respond as best I can.
Some ground rules:
- I’m not going to get drawn into cat fights, so let’s keep the debate focused. No insults, personal attacks etc
- I’m not going to respond to every single criticism / critique of every aspect of my analysis. People are entitled to their opinions, as I am to mine. What I’d like to focus on is the bigger picture. (I will though highlight when something is factually incorrect or has been misinterpreted e.g. I didn’t make any reference to car theft, rather to the concept of a car industry that gave cars away rather than selling them. Sound like a silly concept? Yes it does. In my opinion though, it sounds no less ludicrous than the concept of the music industry giving away all of its product)
- I’d like this debate to deliver some solid outcomes I can summarize in my blog. So anywhere that there is some consensus, all the better, even if I don’t personally agree.
- Finally, feel free to continue to take this debate onto your own blogs etc. if you so wish, just please link back.
Let the games commence