I'm not an information anarchist. I don't start from the premise that all
information must be free. Or even that the availability of content
necessitates it being open to all on equal terms. I collect a paycheck and
believe others should, too, even if it means foolishly treating digital
content as if it were analog property, the way Hollywood continues to do.
But there's a fundamental problem with today's digital media policies, and it
hit me last night while watching the BBC's new season of _Sherlock_.
Yes, I, an American, was watching _Sherlock_, which premiered last night in
the U.K. but doesn't air in the U.S. on PBS until January 14. The _how_ is not
important: anyone with a free U.K. proxy server can watch U.K. content once it
airs across the pond. Today I'm focusing on the _why_: for a show that banks
so heavily on surprise, I didn't want two weeks of my U.K. friends spoiling
the show by talking about it.
Put in policy terms, in a world where digital communication moves faster than
digital content, we have a serious mismatch, and a significant problem.
## Not A Question Of Free
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