Takers Economy – An Inquiry Into Illegal File Sharing
The subject of illegal file sharing is one we’d all like to avoid, but shouldn’t. As the world transitions to digital communication, it is important for all of us to keep in mind that computers have the ability to remember far longer than humans, and to recall information much faster. Just because people are not prosecuted for illegal file sharing today, does not mean that their information is being forgotten, overlooked or ignored.
Every share, in or out, leaves a digital trail, and like Google maps, though you may not want your home on it, it’s there. We’ve all heard the cautions about posting things on social media that can come back to haunt us, but no one seems to be warning the public about the risk to their reputation while illegally sharing files.
Well, recently while I was researching the subject, I came across the book ‘Takers Economy – An Inquiry Into Illegal File Sharing’, by Quebec writer, indie musician and artist, Christopher Stewart. I was relieved to find a resource that helped me to understand all of the issues a lot better, and from several different perspectives.
Over the last ten years or so, illegal file sharing has become an international phenomenon, but it also opened the door to people who enjoy less than an angelic reputations. But, could illegal file sharing actually be a positive process for users and artists alike? The issue of illegal file sharing is generally approached from the angle of its economic impact, but Stewart points out that there is more to the issue.
Takers Economy – An Inquiry Into Illegal File Sharing is an alternative look at illegal file sharing, in light of the role of art in society, and in the context of the oneness of all beings and things. Chris explores the global picture, and attempts to characterize the underlying culture that gives rise to the issue, while helping readers to understand the complexities that are involved. I recommend that people prepare themselves for the future, and Takers Economy – An Inquiry Into Illegal File Sharing helps to do exactly that.
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Book Review By: W. Lewis, Publisher at The Northern Star