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Yay or Nay: Should Al Gore give it away?

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Michael Eakes is a geek who knows his stuff, so it's not surprising he hit on a good way to get more people to see An Inconvenient Truth: he wrote a letter asking Al Gore to give the movie away free via BitTorrent.  "The film should be free (as in beer)," he wrote.  "Any fee is an economic inconvenience that guarantees a limited distribution.  You must reach everyone, in a way only “free” can.  I humbly urge you to give it away."  What do you think, Hippyshoppers?  Yay or Nay?  [GT]

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December 29, 2006 in Agree or Disagree? | Permalink

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I agree that this video should reach as many people as possible - but it should also be rememebered that, in general, people value things more when they have to pay for them.

In economic terms, a fee is not an inconveniance, but simply a message by the consumer that he puts value on that product.

If everyone goes out and buys this video, it won't just reach a large audience of people who want to see it, but it will also send a strong message to businesses and politicians, as it shows them that people are willing to pay to be green.

Posted by: Joshua | 30 Dec 2006 12:34:00

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