Moses Avalon has written a short but well-reasoned defence of copyright entitled “Da Vinci On a Necktie.” Speaking about the “RIAA/ISP war” over music and how it should be delivered and consumed, Avalon sees copyright in terms of preventing the loss to our culture of the power and magic of music. It’s not yet posted on his website – so far as I can see, but likely you can get it by subscribing to his newsletter. It’s worth checking out. Avalon notes,

“[a]s the [music] medium moves more and more into a ubiquitous “liquid” form, existing everywhere, but less noticed, it moves into opposition to the way music has existed in our lives: as a listening experience, unique to itself and apart from other day-to-day functions. In the liquid future, music will be everywhere almost all the time, but we will not notice it much.”

Avalon asks everyone else who cares enough to listen,

“are the real enemies of music’s future the record companies who are trying to retard this “progress,” so that their product does not end up being the free toy at the bottom of a cereal box?”