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Napster Rides Again
Fresh from his victory at
the Microsoft antitrust trial, attorney David Boies has ridden to the
defense of embattled Napster, saying its users are not breaking the law.
Is the song-swapping service a model for a new breed of Net application?
A roundtable discussion with News.com's John Borland and Steve Pizzo of
|Listen to this discussion (10:11 mins, 1.8 MB):
Reporter for O'Reilly Network and Forbes ASAP
"The core issue here has nothing to do with copyright ... The issue is:
is Napster a reaction to an outdated business model? The record
companies have a business model that has worked financially for them for
decades. And they ignored this technology as it bubbled up and decided
to dig their heels in, and stick with what's making money for them,
which is to sell you a CD with 10 to 15 songs on it, when all you wanted
Senior Reporter, News.com
"There is this huge demand for music online that just simply wasn't
being filled by the music companies. And Napster came in and fed that
demand, and immediately got tens of millions of users ... and the record
companies have reacted against it, because they're desperate to hold
onto the distribution channels. This peer-to-peer model which allows
everybody with a PC and an Internet connection to become a distribution
model -- that scares them."
Editorial Director, O'Reilly Network
"Napster's become the poster child for a whole new area of computing and
business plans called peer-to-peer computing."
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