Re: [linux-audio-user] Re: Totally OT (was Rhythm Galaxy vol.1 drum/percussion sample library)

From: Cesare Marilungo <cesare@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Wed Mar 08 2006 - 11:58:52 EET

Carlo Capocasa wrote:

>>This being the case, how on earth can such individuals make the case that
>>they deserve to be paid for what they do for a living, while an artist,
>>programmer, or individual in some line of work other than their own - does
>>not?
>>
>>
>
>Ah, I was wondering where the 'OT' dicussions were... LOL, not really OT
>but simply with a philosophical focus, and just as important. We gotta
>discuss these things ya know :)
>
>I believe the reason why digital products with a cost are frowned upon
>so heavily is simply that there is no cost (or very little cost) for
>reproduction, and hence their potential for widespread use and EXTREME
>network effects (especially when re-use is permitted) are much greater
>when they are distributed under one of the free licenses.
>
>I do not believe that proper compensation is not possible under these
>circumstances. The proper way to do it has simply not been implemented
>yet very widely.
>
>This guy
>
>http://tipping.selfpromotion.com
>
>might be a good place to start looking.
>
>That classic economics problem is this:
>
>Price
>
>| \
>| \
>|- - \
>| \
>| \
>|_________________ Quantity
> x
>
>For any given price, you have a number of people who would have bought
>if the price was lower, and a number of people who would have bought
>even if the price was higher. The proper price is a compromise of the
>two. The income you yield is price times quantity, represented in the
>diagram by the area of the square.
>
>If you start a tipping economy, AND you assume that everyone will tip
>his or her highest price possible (which they will, if they are grateful
>enough for your product and have been able to earn some money with it as
>well), and further assume they will if you succeed in making them very
>grateful for your service, you need no such compomise; your yield is
>represented by the area of the complete triangle.
>
>Not to mention free viral advertising.
>
>My theory is that for good tipping marketing two things must be done:
>
>1. Create a good product
>2. Make the product as personal as possible to promote gratitude (If
>you've got a bald head and a pot belly that's great, it helps make you
>human and people will be thrilled that this less-than-perfect human is
>working his butt off for them)
>
>In my case, this will probably be the 'looks gay but is friendly
>sympathy bonus', LOL
>
>I can't wait to get some good songs out to test this.
>
>For linux software (and other free software) what we need is a good
>method for tipping distribution, because there are so many people
>involved who all deserve their fair share, so people simply can tip to
>'linux audio' and the bulk will be covered... including kernel,
>libraries... And they then may proceed to tipping towards special
>sympathies :)
>
>You know, I just know this can work, and I'm looking forward to.
>
>Carlo
>
>
>
>
>
I'm with you Carlo. Perhaps you already knew.

To me the hypocrisy is questioning about these issues without taking the
tipping option into consideration. Personally, I went in this direction.

Is it working?

Not yet. I received three donations since more than a year ago, when I
started this . And two of them came from two kind people on this list,
for whom this solution is maybe obvious.

The reason - and this is the strongest hypocrisy - is also that people
think that if you don't sell your work, but just ask for voluntary
donations, you can afford it.

Another reason, and this is why I was sarcastic with your first post,
Maluvia, is that there are still people who believe that a printed cd
sounds better than a cd-r or a flac file downloaded from the Net. Or
just that they're two completely differen things. I contacted the same
magazines that reviewed some of my printed records rating them as
masterpieces of the genre. When they saw that I was giving my newer
stuff as free downloads they din't even care to listen.

Dana, to me it is great that you put a donation button on
ubuntustudio.org. And your ambition should be that one day this could
give you even a greater income than just enough to pay the hosting fees.
For people it is ok to pay for a magazine full of advertising and with a
content written by somebody who stumbled upon the topic the day before
he wrote the article.

Sorry for my poor english.

c.

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