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Monday, December 20, 2004

The Day the MPAA Tried to Kill the Net

By shutting down as many BitTorrent trackers/linkers as they could, in case you don't already know. Complete with arrests in various countries. SuprNova closure FAQ.

This is going to be a day to remember, because it's the day the film industry chose strategy decay over user learning and innovation.

Now, the simple fact is that this is a huge error. Look what's happened in the music industry - we're seeing filesharing being driven further underground. But all that means is that it's further under the RIAA's nose - it hasn't gone away. What's actually happening is a Darwinian process - the emergence of niche-specific networks in response to this kind of selection pressure, which are far more efficient at distributing content than general ones (viz SoulSeek).

You could also think about the selection pressure this away - BitTorrent itself was selected by the RIAA's closure of less efficient networks.

This is exactly how the tech trajectory of p2p will evolve - network and protocol hyperinnovation in response to extreme selection pressure - and it will be more costly for the film industry, because there's a lot more competition from the rest of the world for viewer share than there is for listener share. So, beyond absolutely enraging the IntarWeb, I think the film industry just dug it's own grave.

-- umair // 11:37 AM // 1 comments


RIAA and MPAA are examples of where poor policy and decisions are made because it's easy and defers harder decisions.

These industries will lose - it's a matter of whether they will realise the self-defeating nature of their tactics and change or whether a technology / competitor completely disrupts the industry. i suspect the latter.
// Blogger Raymond Tse // 4:57 AM

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