On Thursday, David DiSalvo, who writes about “science, technology, and the cultural ripples of both”, wondered if piracy is the new advertising. It certainly can be a proxy for discovery and demand, but that’s not what prompts me to post about his piece here.
DiSalvo asked his question on Forbes.com. Yeah, I know, web sites are eager for content, but this is Forbes, as in “capitalist tool”.
When the self-proclaimed advocate of the free market asks if there is an upside to piracy, you know it’s the fourth quarter for blind enforcement. Data-gathering, yes, but whack-a-mole? The jury is coming back in.