File sharing, part three
To my mind, file-sharing is a logical application of the modern PC marrried to the broadband network. A reader Wes argues today that it's simple theft. But even if we assume for the moment that filing sharing is theft, it still seems clear to me that powerful PCs running on high-speed networks were literally designed for the exchange of multimedia files. What did industry leaders really think consumers were going to do with broadband technology that was foisted on the public with the blessings of the government and the media? Did industry believe that consumers were simply going to wait for the entertainment industry to get its business models in order before consumers put their new technology to full use? And having invested thousands of dollars into the purchase of cutting edge hardware and software, is it really that crazy for consumers to believe they should be able to exchange files as they wish?
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The Web was put in place in large part by peoples energy to access dirty pictures and do dirty deeds. The Web infrastructure in place now, has a multi-trillion dollar cost. And the media content also has a multi-billion dollar cost. Wrecking the profit return to corporation is going to remove a lot of big expense media content that is created to gain profit.
Rich file transfer as a corporate profit center is something we need to make friend with ask Microsofts why they see open office as a reality today.
Feel free to create your own content, and put it onto the platform that is supported by corporate profit. And feel free to gain the rich media content that is created by continuing corporate profit. Make friends with the new facts that they do totally control the forms of file/content transfer.
Posted by: Mike Reardon at November 11, 2005 01:13 PM