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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Peer-to-Peer Networking In Trouble Again

It seems that Peer-to-Peer Networking services are in trouble with the law again. This time its Grokster.

The Supreme Court is to decide in this case whether Grokster should be held accountable for the file swapping done through their service.

The Cato Institute has an interesting analysis written by Michael A. Einhorn and Bill Rosenblatt posted on their website. The authors' suggestion? Have the government step aside and allow the private sector to fix it. It won't take too long before the private sector develops technology that would stop the peer-to-peer file sharing.

It's worked for some CDs that now have technology that makes them impossible to copy. Maybe the recording industry should spend more of their time and money looking into new technologies than suing the Peer-to-Peer Networking services and their users. If this were the case, maybe then the government could spend their time working on more important issues.


There seems to be a disconnect between the type of delivery the music and film companies use, and the way their customers use the product. If they could fix that, they would solve this problem. Think iTunes.

By Blogger Larry, at 4:19 PM  

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