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Links 1 through 10 of 14 by Simon Phipps tagged P2P

I'd really not considered the money involved in official video uploads to YouTube, but it's clearly significant. As this article explains, when you provide a convenient legal way for fans to get their music, they use it. All that hatred-of-fans stuff by the RIAA etc is incredibly stupid.

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With internet-control-freak politics everywhere now - just look at eG8 and PROTECTIP for example - the need for distributed infrastructure beyond the control of any entity is getting stronger and stronger. This new project uses the same approach (same code, in fact) as BitCoin and creates a distributed DNS where everyone gets to be their own domain registrar in a safe way. It's a very youn project, but I am certain we need something like this soon. Otherwise the lobbyist-driven actions of our political leadership will soon render citizen-empowered innovation impossible.

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Probably only a temporary setback for the music industry intermediaries though. Their greed overwhelms any attempt to see through the situation and understand there's a change in society going on rather than malefactors at work, and they will be sure to continue to persecute potential customers until copyright law is changed.

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"This scheme was simply an attempt ... to get-rich-quick in an exploitative scheme where the vulnerable were targeted with unfounded accusations and demands for cash in settlement of claims which had no basis in law."

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"While the government and the music industry posture about illegal filesharing, smaller, smarter companies are simply out-competing it" -- Copyright abuse of most kinds is just a message to the market saying "business model available". We don't need new laws to protect the incumbents, we need entrepreneurs to outpace them.

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Answer: Yes. So why do the labels want to kill it off? Because they don't. Translation: All this toxic law to cut people off the internet is all about protecting big businesses with tired business models and not about protecting music artists, art or culture. Shame on you, Lord Mandelson.

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"The people who file-share are the ones who are interested in music," said Mark Mulligan of Forrester Research. "Duh" say the rest of us, "a crack-down on file sharing will harm all but the richest music superstars."

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Watching the UK government attempting to go down the anti-citizen three-strikes route. Presumably some politician has been lobbied by the copyright old-guard and told the only solution to "theft" (AKA unmanaged market-creation) is to whip the entire population randomly until they forsake progress. We need to get some voices of wisdom into this debate, but unfortunately the consultation system is structured in favour of businesses rather than citizens.

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Hammer to crack virtual nut. How could any digital download possibly justify such a draconian punishment? The media lobbyists are out of control.

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Music label underwrites a fan's defence of RIAA's arbitrary judgement against them. "Suing music fans is not the solution, it's the problem," stated Terry McBride, C.E.O of Nettwerk Music Group.

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