23 April 2012 11:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week, Fast Company hosted its Innovation Uncensored event in New York -- and also saw a major throwdown between Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian and Jonathan Taplin, a producer ("Mean Streets," "To Die For"), tour manager for The Band, Sopa supporter and currently director of USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab. Bottom line, Ohanian believes the internet economy -- which includes a heavy dose of free content from sites like Pirate Bay -- can provide a fair deal to artists. Taplin thinks he's selfish, clueless and can shove it. Making the arguments even sharper the recent death of The Band drummer Levon Helm, who died of throat cancer the day after the debate. Taplin believes unprotected music rights helped drive Helm to ruin and forced him to contunie touring while mortally ill. We're presenting both arguments here, as well as the full videos of the debate. We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. »


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