What do MP3s and Magic Spells Have in Common? | PBS Idea Channel

What do MP3s and Magic Spells Have in Common? | PBS Idea Channel
What do MP3s and Magic Spells Have in Common? | PBS Idea Channel
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The MP3 seems to be everyone's favorite musical file format. But, there's something you might not know about the Mp3 - it has a lot in common with the magic 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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