Free for all

Great leader in The Guardian today, essentially about how “free” things on the internet aren’t gimmickery like other, offline “free” things; they really are free.

Free is only the consumer’s perspective: the song may be free but the singer still has to make the track, and a living. The internet helps loosen the bond between product and creator, but that distance is not always welcome to either consumer or producer. And digital storage may not be so cheap once China and India really take to the internet. In economics, as elsewhere, freedom cannot be taken for granted.

Free lunches for all | The Guardian