I’ve always felt that the

I’ve always felt that the debate about digital music was pointless. If record companies and artists try to force people to pay for music, they will lose. Any copy protection scheme will be rapidly broken and the cracked files will be anonymously distributed through things like Freenet. The only way artists will be able to make money directly from the digital distribution of their music is if payment is voluntary. Here is a great essay describing a voluntary payment system. [via HtP’]