Free Culture Movement: A Moral Issue That Effects Us All

There is a fantastic article floating around the interwebs that responds to a piece that a 21-year old NPR intern named Emily White wrote that is creating quite a bit of chatter. Ms. White has acknowledged that she had over 11,000 songs in her music library but had only paid for about 15 CDs in her life. She brings up many of the points that she and her peers feel are justifiable for essentially stealing music from musicians.

I know that many of you might not care about what's going on in the music industry regarding file sharing, the decline of the industry, and so on. BUT something that we all should pay attention to is, as David Lowery states in the following article, is the moral issue surrounding the technical changes that we are all experiencing in this day and age. A point he made was, "Rather than using our morality and principles to guide us through technological change, there are those asking us to change our morality and principles to fit the technological change-if a machine can do something it ought to be done."

It's a long piece but one that is of great importance to pay attention to. Although this applies most apparently to the music industry, it is going to hit us all in one way shape or form within every industry eventually. Whether you produce music, books, products or services, this is something we need to be educated on and talk about.

Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered:

What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear what you think about this debate, especially those outside of the music industry. What do you think? Musicians, do you think Mr. Lowery was correct in his response? What would you say to the Emily Whites of the world?

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