August 05, 2013

Deja Vu all over Again

If someone publishes a book, some of the money from sales of the book should be paid to the author, right? Not so fast, say the commenters on this Atlantic article: paying authors has really gotten out of hand.


Q: "Harper Lee wrote one book and lives off the income from it. Do you think that's unjust in some way?"

A: "Yes."

It is remarkable how closely these discussions track the ones people were having when the music industry was in the midst of its eventual collapse.

(Not commenting on the study that is the subject of the article itself, though many of its assumptions seem highly dubious to me, as outlined but some dissenters in the comments.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at August 5, 2013 08:18 PM