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Friday, January 22, 2010

Requiem for a Leak Tracker

Posted By on 01.22.10 at 04:15 PM

Over at the Village Voice today, Christopher Weingarten—the writer behind the excellent @1000TimesYes Twitter project—has posted a moving obituary for Alan Carton, who ran one of the biggest and best leak-tracking services on the Internet. First a blog and then a Twitter feed, Did It Leak was Carton's obsession, and he continued to anonymously break news of high-profile leaks throughout the battle with cancer that he lost last week at age 23.

Ironically I didn't get a chance to read Weingarten's piece until after I finished an essay about my increasingly skeptical view of the "free music" philosophy that justifies leaking and trading records. Even as I lose faith in the concept of loosening music from its monetary value in general, it's nice to be reminded that some people are actually doing it out of love.

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