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I enjoy listening to music and watching movies. I attend concerts and films, rent and buy DVDs, and purchase MP3s and the occasional CD. All these forms of art, and my enjoyment of them, depend on artistic creativity and technological innovation. I have several concerns about copyright consultations that could potentially restrict this.
Finally, I strongly believe that the advent of cheap copying and sharing of music and movies could usher in a new era of abundance. In the past, technological change like records and radio have disrupted existing business models, but artists have continued to adapt and thrive, and audiences have enjoyed the benefits. Existing publishers will always complain — it wasn't that long ago that Jack Valenti of the MPAA compared the VCR to the Boston Strangler. But they will always adapt — now the rental market provides a huge source of revenue for movie companies. Artists are already inventing new business models for the age of sharing, that take advantage of how easy it is to promote new music and have fans spread the word. If we try to reverse this trend for the benefit of existing big record labels, we are only delaying the future.