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October 11, 2007

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Jock

I was thinking about this last night for some reason - I'm not particularly a Radiohad fan so didn't rush to download it, but I just assumed that if I downloaded it and liked it, I would download it again and this time pay for it. Probably buggers up the charts mind you! I haven't visited the site at all - but what i tend to like is with Open Source Software where people just put a donation button next to the download - I download it, see if it does what I need and then return and make a donation.

Mark Wadsworth

Radiohead (top band that they are) should have released one song per week for a couple of months. So that gives us the reiteration we need. That's that fixed.

mat

You know, I've always hoped to be able to pay my taxes on an honour system. Still waiting...

Sam

He can always buy the album for a trifling amount, and if he likes it, go and buy another copy for whatever he thinks it's worth.

The mechanism is there - he just has to want to do it.

Katherine

He and you both assume I think that the piffling amount paid would be less than if he'd gone down to the record store and bought the CD. COnsidering the various costs involved in pressing, shipping, distributing and retailing a CD, the amount that goes to an artist is also piffling. Anyone know if it is more or less piffling than the average an online downloader might pay?

Phil

"employers pay us more than necessary, and in exchange we work harder than necessary"

I'm currently employed on an hourly rate. What actually happens is that I go into work five days a week and stay there almost as long as I did when I had a proper contract, but formally I'm paid £x per hour spent teaching plus £y per hour spent on research, plus a bit for teaching preparation, and, er, that's it.

It's not motivating.

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