Monday, July 28, 2003

 

More 'Pirates' than Bush Supporters? Right on!
TIME.com: Downloader Dragnet -- Aug. 04, 2003: "An estimated 60 million Americans, more than the number of Bush voters in 2000, are using file-sharing networks on the Internet. Until last week it seemed like a safely anonymous pursuit. But then RIAA started subpoenaing colleges and Internet-service providers (ISPs) for the names and addresses of more than 950 computer owners "

The article goes on to point out that, for those who want their MP3 fix, Apple and buymusic.com will happily provide a more limited selection for a nominal fee, of course. And with differing approaches to copyright and intellectual property (buymusic, iTunes Music Storescroll to bottom of page) but with no threats of subpoenas or legal action. Where does fair use fit into all of this? Does it?

Of course, on the other side of the issue, are those working to develop the next-gen completely anonymous p2p apps. In the meantime, though, I guess we'd better be careful about what we have on our hard drives.

- posted by laurie @ 7/28/2003 08:51:00 AM
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