Let’s talk about file sharing and why old-school media is in its death throes.

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My comments related to this article are below. You may disagree, and I welcome discussion, but it’s something I feel very strongly about and an issue I think is destined to become very contentious in the near future.

From: http://tinyurl.com/64conj2

Who is Responsible for Illegal P2P Downloading?
CNET, CBS Sued For Distributing LimeWire, Other P2P Clients

Don’t hate the player, don’t hate the game – hate the messenger?
In the latest round of who-can-we-sue, disgruntled “victims” of file sharing have taken aim at CBS’s CNET, specifically their software downloading site cnet.download.com.

Entrepreneur, FilmOn Founder and “eccentric billionaire” Alki David has filed a lawsuit against CNET alleging that they aided in copyright infringement by distributing P2P clients, most notably LimeWire but also Morpheus, iMesh and FrostWire.  Of course, LimeWire is already in its own mess.

Joining Mr. David as plaintiffs are a number of rappers and R&B artists that include members of 2 Live Crew, Pretty Ricky and Ying Yang Twins.  Fifteen plaintiffs are listed in all.

Please read the entire article and leave comments on their site as well as here.

My thoughts…

P2P downloading is only illegal in the first place because of an unreasonable law put in place to placate an industry who donates heavily to various campaigns. If it was really wrong to give away things you own my wife and I would be looking at lifetime in jail for giving away the coffee makers left over from our yard sale this weekend — not to mention the time we would do for actually selling things we owned [gasp! the horror!].

What needs to happen is that the industry needs to come up with a business model that reflects true product value and then file sharing will be minimized again. Time and time again studies have shown that most people actually prefer to pay for things, but when companies charge $20 for a downloaded movie that users know cost the company less than $1 per piece to create, produce, promote and deliver, the end user is inclined to either get it for free or do without it altogether. The closer price gets to true value — which, by the way in true capitalism is determined by the end user, not the provider — the less re-distribution will occur.

Rather than embrace that and find ways to work with it, these companies get senator buddies to change the laws to favor them, and we take one more step toward becoming a corporate dictatorship rather than anything close to a capitalist democracy.

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