Why P2P is Here to Stay

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  1. Mr. Malik – you suggest that legal options for music download are curbing music file sharing. I suspect that just as important is the pollution of p2p networks with corrupt mp3 files. This was a strategy suggested long ago by Michael Robertson (mp3.com CEO).
    While I agree that it’s hard to shut down p2p networks, increasing the inconvenience factor will mean only the most enthusiastic users will share illegally and these people are unlikely to purchase the same music/video anyway.

  2. Actually, I think the reason that music file sharing is on decline is the overall quality of music available these days. The people who were so into trading music about 5 years ago, if they’re anything like me, have amassed huge collections of all the MP3s they like. A lot of what is coming out now doesn’t appeal to this older crowd. Its a lot like radio, eventually you resign yourself to listening to a ‘classic’ rock or an ‘oldies’ station because you simply stop being interested in the new crap that’s coming out.

  3. What I don’t get is that it escapes supposedly well educated people that short of standing over every user in the world they will never find all of the file sharers. I for one would advocate an international email directory so we could ask what each of the others have through an inviolately private means,
    then just mail cd’s snail mail(another inviolately private means). It is a clunky system no doubt,but I would love to see the furor as we marched our ACLU lawyers(the worst kind btw)into the court room to shred the movie industry for violating our rights to privacy if they intercept those cd’s. Now do you see a parallel here? Why isn’t the ACLU in this now? is this not a privacy matter? People that have no criminal investigative authority want to peek into your drawers because they don’t like what they think you might be doing,sounds like KGB
    to me.

  4. The people who were so into trading music about 5 years ago, if they’re anything like me, have amassed huge collections of all the MP3s they like. A lot of what is coming out now doesn’t appeal to this older crowd. Its a lot like radio, eventually you resign yourself to listening to a ‘classic’ rock or an ‘oldies’ station because you simply stop being interested in the new crap that’s coming out.

  5. Om Malik on Why P2P is here to stay. Regarding the generational gap between Hollywood ( which is suing downloaders and networks) and the digital natives (the downloaders), he says: Hollywood mafia, is being unrealistic in their desires. Their century old business model, just like the telephone business, is being upended by a demographic shift, and technological changes. The digital natives have grown up with a culture of sharing and swapping. This is a new reality which the older generations cannot comprehend. Landsman says this is only going to result in secret sharing, sub rosa activity, the underground emerges in response to the new state of affairs. This a result of the changed legal and social implications of sharing.

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