What do MP3s and Magic Spells Have in Common?

Paul O'Flaherty

What wizardy does your favorite audio format contain?

Ah, the MP3, everyone’s favorite friendly musical file format. But there’s something you might not know about the Mp3 - it has a lot in common with the magical spell!!!! Both spells and music were born from a freely available folk culture, but are now sold as commercial goods. There are thousands of artists and witches trying to figure out how to make a living in an age where their products can be infinitely copied. And with commercialization, the morality and legality of sharing these once open cultural products has become quite complicated. How should we, as responsible consumers, handle this new digital age?


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