I’ve noticed some discussions on irreality.net about sharing culture, which usually revolved around justifications for music piracy and stuff. Now I’ve got nothing against music piracy. Many a band I own on vinyl and cd, and have attended concerts of, I first listened to on pirate tapes made for me by friends. Sometimes I didn’t even like the music until I’d heard it a few times. Some music really does need to grow on you. So I’m not down on piracy or anything. I think many bands whose music is not immediately accessible have benefited from piracy. Its corporate capitalism that’s killing music, not home taping.
But this article is not about piracy, or even musicians that are giving their music away for free, but rather a more relevant movement to the culture of sharing. I am talking about Open Source and Creative Commons.