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Oct 27 2010

Observations: Lessons Learned From The Limewire Shutdown


image thumb45 Observations: Lessons Learned From The Limewire ShutdownMy opinion of RIAA and MPAA are those of complete distain. My opinion is that these two groups have done more to hinder progress than to embrace it.

I’m not endorsing pirating of music, movies or otherwise, but I’ll make a simple observation, and give credit to the United States legal system in the progress of helping to make an airtight way for Peer-to-Peer file swapping application; that’s legal.

Technology with all media has taken off without them, and the only way they know to respond is to throw rocks at a spaceship.

And the sad part about this is that the FANS, the people who really care about the music and the media are the ones suffering, and worse on them, legal processes are YEARS behind technology…

Applications to share all types of media can be developed before a lawyer can change the ink in his pen.

From Napster to Limewire, and all the applications in between; they’re a road map of what you can and can’t do with Peer-to-Peer file sharing applications. It’s better than an users diagram or an users manual.

75px P2P network.svg Observations: Lessons Learned From The Limewire ShutdownFrom Napster, they learned you can’t do Peer-to-Peer from a centralized server. Now, pretty much all Peer-to-Peer application are de-centralized.

From there the developers learned that, you need to close the loop on snoopers. Snoopers and faux applications would sit on the Peer-to-Peer networks, watch and wait for copyrighted material and then record it for lawsuits. And more, they now they simply report back fake files.

So now, Peer-to-Peer programs have rating systems, and comment systems. They’ve filter systems for known copyright servers; to block them from your listings.

I’m not making this up! The programs are out there… freely downloadable. It’s the funnies game of cat and mouse you’ll ever see.

People know it’s incorrect, but the alternatives are worse. The whole system is broken, Poorly conceived and operated; corporate media doesn’t have a clue how to hang on. And if it’s not easy enough or the prices are too jacked up, people will go another way… Just with any other product or service.

What the people are stating is that you [the media companies] are SO in the incorrect; they’re willing to go the other way. If you were a brick and mortar store, you’d be Blockbuster— and how’s that working for them? Busted.

It just seems more like the more the media/legal system does to stop Peer-to-Peer programs/applications the developers find a way to circumvent the process; to duck monitoring their networks. It’s this grand game of ‘whack a mole’.

The year is 2010, in 2000 Limewire started Peer-to-Peer sharing. It’s taken 10 years for a court of law to put Limewire offline; Limewire says they’re going to come back, but legal downloads— working with the record companies to find a working deal— yeah like Napster was welcomed back like a fairly large hero… Not.

And there are hundreds/thousands of programs/applications and developers pushing Peer-to-Peer ideas around all the time, and it took 10 years to take down 1 company. Staggering to think about…

People will continue to get their music; one way or the other. It’s going to happen. The problem is that the RIAA has decided to not offer a solution. They’d rather sue your pants off over a single shared song; to someone who just bought a computer and didn’t know what they were doing, much less what Peer-to-Peer is or how it works.

RIAA may continue to throw down lawsuits, but it’s a fruitless journey.

MPAA has just recently started offering DIGITAL COPIES of movies with the purchase of DVD / BlueRay disc… they’re easily 10 years behind on this process. Free applications on the web allow for ‘ripping’ movies to iPhone, iPad, Android and other mobile devices— and MPAA is just NOW getting in to the market.

When applications are there, free on the Internet, that can do this FOR FREE, why would you pay for a digitial copy? Why would you bother with the hassle of the DRM encoded on the video from the digital copy? Most people wouldn’t bother; they just ‘rip’ the movie themselves to any resolution they want… To fit on any screen, any phone, device, or another DVD, they want…

It just seems like a huge ocean of media on the web, and the RIAA and the MPAA are throwing stones in to that ocean, expecting something to happen. I pity them on the grounds that they missed the boat in the inception; they let greed rule their decision making process and now they’ve to come across like complete jerks to save their old way of life.

And something I find fascinating; people are getting tired of going to the theater, when they’ve their own HOME theaters [ones were your shoes don’t come off when you try to grab a seat]. More users are getting their movies online, via torrent, sometimes WAY before the movies are in the theater— I wonder if you’re noticing this? Are you learning yet?

The cable companies know this, they’re pushing that way, and that’s going to kill the theater business; and WHO are they going to sue?

So, while Limewire will be missed, all this has done is elect a new favorite Peer-to-Peer file sharing program; forcing users to go a different direction— Given developers a NEW challenge [which they love] to make their Peer-to-Peer the best and most popular.

And if I were given the chance to speak to any of these people directly, I would say, ‘stop shooting your customers in the face!’ Look at what your customers want and give it to them! Reasonably.

Things change; you should change with it.

 

You can resume your day, already in progress.

Until next time,
Larry Henry Jr.
LEHSYS.com

…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking v10 pro. 

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  • Dan

    Right on! Here's some of my own file-sharing.. http://www.danhouser82.com/mp3s/top5.htm ..enjoy! Music without marketing = music judged by we the people alone = GOOD MUSIC for everyone. Tired of being TOLD what is good by the radio and the media!!!