I would share it too but I can completely understand why someone wouldn't want to do it, especially if they just paid a lot to get an original. If it was easy to get it might not be considered to be as valuable.
I wish someone would make/sell some copies, but nobody comes forward to do some copying. If I get an original I'd share it straight away.
See that is exactly the stupidity I don't understand (Not meant personally). Again, my copy of the Mona Lisa devalues the original? I somehow doubt that.
Just cause I'm bored..
The Mona Lisa metaphor is flawed for a few reasons;
A. From the art perspective - everybody knows there is only one real Mona Lisa, and it is housed at the Louvre. No matter how many painstaking copies of it you make, it will never devalue the original (which incidentally will never be sold so it wouldn't really matter anyway).
B. If you are
the Louvre, you own the copyrights to reproduce the Mona Lisa - posters, postcards, cups, plates etc... but if someone in China begins to make their own copies of posters, postcards, cups plates etc... and sells them for half the price of the Louvre's merchandise - then it devalues the Louvre's copyrights to the Mona Lisa. So unless your copy of the Mona Lisa is authentic, then it is undermining the Louvre's financial gain from the item that they own.
A picturemate cassette on the other hand, is a different story;
A. Unlike the Mona Lisa, there were multiple copies made. If you got hold of one you could easily make a copy and whack some hi quality print labels on it, get the manual printed and cut to size and - Voila! Who's to say it isn't original? Bang! there goes the R10 rarity.
B. Think of the picturemate cassette not as a one off painting, but as more of a limited edition etchiing. There are 1000 people eager to get hold of the etching - but there are only three known to exist. If one is up for auction, there will be plenty of competition. On the other hand there are photocopies of that etching now available. 900 of the 1000 people just like the look of the print, they don't feel the need to actually own the real thing so they are happy to have a photocopy. Now if one of the three is up for auction, there is less demand for the print.
I think a big part of the allure of this program, is largely because it isn't dumped. If the content were dumped, we wouldn't even be having this conversation - because everyone, with exception to the hardcore collectors, would have their 'photocopy' to keep them happy.