This could really go into both Entertainment and News, but I'm trying to not confuse things by putting them into two categories, so News it is.
Well, turns out she's quite the music activist.
Read her whole take on the RIAA "debacle" as she calls it here. She has excellent points. Read through them all.
One point to particularly note:
Or take author Mercedes Lackey, who occupies entire shelves in stores and libraries. 15 years ago she published a series of books with "Arrows" in the title; she's been getting royalties ever since. However, one royalty period after putting the first "Arrow" book on Eric Flint's "Baen Free Library" site, she received over triple the normal royalty.* In fact, payment on all her old titles increased, suddenly and significantly, with the only change being the availability of that one free book. I don't know about you, but as an artist with an in-print record catalogue that dates back to 1965, I'd be thrilled to see sales on my old catalogue rise.It looks like she's also a SF/F reader, or at least a really good reseacher as well.
Lackey says "It's what I'd expect to happen if a steady line of people who'd never read my stuff encountered it for freeﾖthey started to work through my backlist." I've found that to be true over and over again. Every time we make a few songs available on my website, sales of all the CDs go up. A lot.
I had heard the Lackey comment earlier. I know that Lou downloaded the electronic copy of On Basilisk Station from the Baen Free Library when it was available. We already have it in paperback, Lou wanted to see if the electronic format worked for him (it did not). I currently have The Fifth Sorceress on my Palm (free by following a link out of Dragon Magazine), but am having trouble reading it on the Palm's small screen, though I have read some short stories that way.
Okay, I moved off-topic into books. My bad. Go read Janis Ian's article.