Triggered by the discussion of the ethics and role of piracy in forcing the music and TV industries to change their business models, I wanted to talk more broadly about what types of actions are OK in forcing an industry to adapt. When an industry faces technological change in distribution like music and TV, is piracy a legitimate way for consumers to push change? Is it rational for broadcasters/music cos. to push back against piracy? Does a positive change in the business/consumer climate that results from piracy justify it? In collaborative commerce, is it OK for companies like Lyft and SideCar to flaunt regulations that may protect entrenched players? Are the situations analogous?
A lot of questions, but hopefully an interesting debate.