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[ NNSquad ] Film Studios Now Reaching Their "Napster Moment"
NYTimes: Film Studios Now Reaching Their "Napster Moment" http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/business/media/05piracy.html - - - I will note that this of course was inevitable, exact timing determined by available bandwidth and the relative difference in size between audio and video content. My assertion is that, like it or not, such situations represent a sea change that will inevitably alter the very meaning of intellectual property. The only aspect of audio and video materials that temporarily protected them from mass piracy were the cost of duplication and distribution (in either commercial or noncommercial contexts). With these restrictions lifted by technological progress, the results become obvious. Really, the major question left to be answered is the exact means and extent to which intellectual property owners are able to effectively monetize their materials in this new environment. But no return to the "good old days" is possible, short of shutting down the Internet. --Lauren-- NNSquad Moderator