Chris Anderson writes a book called Free. It's about (among other things) the importance and power of free content.
Malcolm Gladwell writes a review.
Seth Godin rebuts and then keeps track of the discussion.
Read it. It's interesting stuff.
And then thank your lucky stars for this simple fact . . .
People are still willing to pay for art.
Maybe they aren't willing to pay for YOUR art, but that's a separate issue.
But it is generally accepted that a ticket to a theatre performance, or a jazz concert, is something that people are supposed to pay for.
This is a big deal.
Movies get bootlegged.
Music downloads are no more then a $1.
You can stream most TV shows on the internet for free.
This is the accepted practice now.
Most of what we do can't be electronically duplicated, which is a powerful weapon to have in the world of free.