British Company Launches Poetry Download Site

Unattributed, San Jose Mercury News, Oct 04, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Nothing against poets, but it seems to me that poetry is the art form that would least benefit from a pay-per-listen service. Yes, poetry is hard to do well, but this doesn't stop a million wannabes from trying, which has resulted in a glut in the entire market and almost zero employment prospects for poets. Ironic, too, that the service launched with a reading of Chaucer, which has been public domain for as long as there have been poets, it seems. I guess we'll just have to wait for the Blackboard part of their plan - patenting the idea of reading poetry online.
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