Metallica. The dinosaurs of rock and roll. Or, perhaps, the dinosaurs of an era where file sharing occurred when a friend let you borrow their Cd. Metallica was outraged when the first file sharing site Napster resulted in the distribution of their material without their consent. Lawyers were brought in, accusations made, but with files so readily transferable to anyone anywhere anytime, the lines were irreparably blurred.
And so the tables were turned. But in a society where happy snaps of your “cute lunch date” with your toasted sandwich are available worldwide, we should be checking ourselves before the tables turn again.
If that’s not daunting I don’t know what is.
It’s time. We need to knuckle down and read the fine print. We sell our souls to sites not using an open content license. A new slogan for the billboards: Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Read the Terms of Service before they’re served.