P2P NEEDS legality!

While I don’t think BitTorrent is dead by any means, the recent shutdowns (1, 2) of sites like SuprNova.org is going to put a big hole in P2P for a little while…

The fact is that P2P file sharing, while legally dubious at times, puts in the hands of users the ability to hear, read, play, use and listen to media or software they might not otherwise have access to. I’m as guilty as the next guy – Australia is more than a season behind on The West Wing, having just started on Season 5, we don’t get Lost at all until February, and I doubt Tripping the Rift is on the radar of any Australian network – satellite, cable or free-to-air. Frankly, they’re some of the best things on TV (or not, as the case may be). Eminem’s new album ain’t bad, either.

My approach to P2P has always been a little different than some, as far as I can tell. With music, TV shows and DVD, I’ve always used it as a tester – listen to an album, watch a show or DVD and then buy what I like (and where available to me, I have bought those mentioned above). Almost invariably, I delete anything I won’t listen to or watch again. If I don’t like it, there’s no point keeping it. I have better uses for my hard drive space.

If the MPAA, RIAA, ARIA, broadcasters and whoever the various equivalents are around the world realised the power of P2P as a distribution channel, I think the lawsuits which abound at the moment would mostly go away. Or maybe not. Lawyers are greedy (massive generalisation, I know).

One Reply to “P2P NEEDS legality!”

  1. Your “taster” comment hits the nails on the head. I think the amount the industry claims it loses in money from p2p is blown out of proportion. Since the advent of p2p I think individual music tastes are expanding/growing and most people prefer to have originals in there collection anyway. The people who do copy the music were never going to buy the album in the first place – so from this point it is perceived money lost. If record industries want to know why they are loosing money just look at some of the pop tripe that is being manufactured. The same goes for software as well. Nearly all beginners in this industry I doubt pay anything for their software. To some this seems like a bad thing (and the likes of Nick Bradburys??? comments I fully understand and agree with – that???s another chat) but on the flip side if Microsoft really could force users to only have originals then I would predict an increase in downloads of Open Office and Linux more than an increase in their own sales. The way I see it (and its not that I’m advocating) is that at the end of all of it piracy helps growth of software. Just look at WinZip and how it *cough* *cough* expires. By remaining on the desktop it has helped dominate the zip market on the PC – and with that the users get the big corps to buy the big licenses and that???s where the real money is.

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