Filesharing here refers to making files available for general download over the Internet, generally over peer-to-peer (P2P) networks like Gnutella or Napster before it was reconstructed as a music store.
"File sharing isn't just a problem for the music industry. It's a threat to anyone who depends upon intellectual property for a living." By Scott Matthews. [Salon]
News and views from a person who was targeted for an alleged file sharing case. Includes information on how to file a motion, settlement letter examples and a forum.
Includes educational material for the people targeted by settlement demands and provides a forum to discuss the defense strategies.
Arguments for and against filesharing, with a focus on trading MP3s.
"A controversial new study by economists at Harvard and the University of North Carolina has found that file-sharing is not the cause of declining CD sales." [Rolling Stone]
Jon Healey writes about the semantic debate over whether copyright infringement is theft, in response to an Op-Ed submission that called for file sharing to be decriminalized.
The hits at the top of the charts lose sales, but the niche artists further down the popularity curve actually benefit from file-trading, according to a Harvard paper on the economics of filesharing. [The Long Tail]
A blog about the relationship between piracy, youth culture, pop culture and innovation. Information on the book The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Re-invented Capitalism and author and speaker Matt Mason.
Streaming audio of a presentation by Lawrence Lessig, a discussion between him and Jeff Tweedy on digital filesharing, and question and answer session. Part of "Live From the New York Public Library".
Profile of BitTorrent tracking site The Pirate Bay and file-sharing evangelism. [Times Online]
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