As you may recall from July, Ashlee Vance had some critical commentary about our Dell/Napster deal in the Register.
That prompted a rather lively email exchange between the two of us, that started out sort of flamey on both our parts, but then turned into a substantive discussion of the issues around institutions getting involved in providing music downloading services for students. I’ll post some of that discussion soon, but one result was that Ashlee invited me to write an op-ed piece on the topic for the Reg.
That piece has just been published, under the headline How Napster and DRM arrived at University of Washington. They even put in a picture!
All in all, it’s been great chatting with Ashlee about the topic, and it’s very nice of the Reg to offer the opportunity to get my opinion in.