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Ive seen Stevie many.many times. I saw her alone and I saw her with FM. Everytime she sang this this song she dedicated it to her Father, at least when I saw her.
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CHI CAH GO! Ive been from CHI CAH GO all of my life..where are you from?
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January 21, 2012
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One of my favorite Popa songs....
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I thought it was good...and very Midwestern.
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Nort side maybe, not sout side sayings at all...
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SOPA and PIPA are bad industrial policy

There are many arguments against SOPA and PIPA that are based on the
potential harm they will do to the Internet. (There's a comprehensive
outline of those arguments here https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/01/how-pipa-and-sopa-violate-white-house-principles-supporting-free-speech) At O'Reilly, we
argue that they are also bad for the content industries that have
proposed them, and bad industrial policy as a whole.

The term "piracy" implies that the wide availability of unauthorized
copies of copyrighted content is the result of bad actors preying on
the legitimate market. But history teaches us that it is primarily a
result of market failure, the unwillingness or inability of existing
companies to provide their product at a price or in a manner that
potential customers want. In the 19th century, British authors like
Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope railed against piracy by American
publishers, who republished their works by re-typesetting "early
sheets" obtained by whatever method possible. Sometimes these works
were authorized, sometimes not. In an 1862 letter to the Athenaeum,
Fletcher Harper, co-founder of American publisher Harper Brothers,
writing in reply to Anthony Trollope's complaint that his company had
published an unauthorized edition of Trollope's novel Orley Farm,
noted: "In the absence of an international copyright, a system has
grown up in this country which though it may not be perfect still
secures to authors more money than any other system that can be
devised in the present state of the law.... We cannot consent to its
overthrow till some better plan shall have been devised."

America went on to become the largest market in the world for
copyrighted content.

That is exactly the situation today. At O'Reilly, we have published
ebooks DRM-free for the better part of two decades. We've watched the
growth of this market from its halting early stages to its robust
growth today. More than half of our ebook sales now come from
overseas, in markets we were completely unable to serve in print.
While our books appear widely on unauthorized download sites, our
legitimate sales are exploding. The greatest force in reporting
unauthorized copies to us is our customers, who value what we do and
want us to succeed. Yes, there is piracy, but our embrace of the
internet's unparalleled ability to reach new customers "though it may
not be perfect still secures to authors more money than any other
system that can be devised."

The solution to piracy must be a market solution, not a government
intervention, especially not one as ill-targeted as SOPA and PIPA. We
already have laws that prohibit unauthorized resale of copyrighted
material, and forward-looking content providers are developing
products, business models, pricing, and channels that can and will
eventually drive pirates out of business by making content readily
available at a price consumers want to pay, and that ends up growing
the market.

Policies designed to protect industry players who are unwilling or
unable to address unmet market needs are always bad policies. They
retard the growth of new business models, and prop up inefficient
companies. But in the end, they don't even help the companies they try to protect. Because those companies are trying to preserve old business models and pricing power rather than trying to reach new customers, they ultimately cede the market not to pirates but to
legitimate players who have more fully embraced the new
opportunity. We've already seen this story play out in the success of
Apple and Amazon. While the existing music companies were focused on
fighting file sharing, Apple went on to provide a compelling new way
to buy and enjoy music, and became the largest music retailer in the
world. While book publishers have been fighting the imagined threat
of piracy, Amazon, not pirates, has become the biggest threat to their
business by offering authors an alternative way to reach the market
without recourse to their former gatekeepers.

Hollywood too, has a history of fighting technologies, such as the
VCR, which developed into a larger market than the one the industry
was originally trying to protect.

In short, SOPA and PIPA not only harm the internet, they support
existing content companies in their attempt to hold back innovative
business models that will actually grow the market and deliver new
value to consumers.
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Too funny. I tried to share from the original, but the "Share" button didn't work!
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