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I wonder how long it will be before we come to recognize that virtual things are not the same as physical things and so should not be treated the same. I see luddites everywhere holding us back with insane policies that might make sense in the physical world, but have no bearing in the virtual world.

You can see examples everywhere: an e-book is priced at almost the same price as a physical book; the RIAA wants us to treat each copy of a song as a separate physical thing, newspapers have no idea how to deal with the deluge of more timely and vast amounts of news curated online for free. There are so many examples of established industries failing to innovate and thus try to hold back everyone else who is trying. I wonder how long it will be before the generations that are uncomfortable with technology get replaced with the generations that are.

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