Freakonomics could use some CC

The Freakonomics guys find it interesting that some guy downloaded their book from a P2P network and now wants to send them money. They lecture him about the publisher/distributor costs, etc… How about, instead, realizing that there’s an interesting development here: lots of people will pay after they’ve sampled the content if they find it useful. That’s what folks publishing books under CC licenses have found, like Cory Doctorow.

A message to Steven and Stephen, if they ever stumble upon this lowly little blog: studying the emergence of the Creative Commons economy seems like a much more forward-thinking response than “have you paid the editor?”