I was a bit shocked to read the following at Cafe au Lait today:

On the other hand I’ve yet to figure out why Apple expects me to pay $0.99 for songs that can be downloaded for free from many other places. Perhaps Steve Jobs took too many engineering classes and too few classes in economics.

The odd thing was that this wasn’t written by a high schooler who has no money outside his allowance but rather by a computer book author who makes what one would assume is a decent sized chunk of his income by selling copyrighted works. When it comes to other people’s creative work, it seems like Eliotte Rusty Harold’s basic ethical code consists of, “Why should I pay for something I can steal?”