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Celebrate Independents Day '08

Pirate's Dilemma: Best Stuff Is A Steal

Pirates_dilemma_2 In his controversial book "The Pirate's Dilemma - How Youth Culture Reinvented Capitalism" author Matt Mason argues that most innovations are drawn from the previous creations of others.  Attempts to stop "borrowing" slows progress and stifles creativity according to Mason and from the industrial revolution to mix tapes, he makes a compelling argument.

In keeping with his own manifesto Mason is offering a free download of the book using the Radiohead pay what you want model here. The book turns the concept of piracy on its head much like the Ramones did for pop music - its honest, irritating and exciting all at the same time. Watch a video summary after the jump.