Sticking with the illegal file sharing theme that seems to be dominating our class so far (and the news) … I just saw this little read this morning discussing some tactics Universities around the county are using to try and stifle the trend. At first read, its pretty vanilla, but once you start to understand the impact this is having across the country you’ll realize just how big of a deal it really is.
One of the tactics discussed is the blocking of peer to peer (p2p) services … doesn’t bode well for emerging uses of p2p technology — like Penn State’s Lion Share project. I know Mike Halm, who envisioned and heads the initiative and he is not the kind of guy who builds software to enable illegal activity. His vision is one of exchanging research and teaching materials … I am just hoping the negative press associated with p2p technologies doesn’t derail their efforts. He is one of several people who believe p2p holds the future to most of our content sharing and distribution challneges.
Take a look at that and also a quick quote from the PSU Faculty/Staff Newsletter this morning:
“WPSU-FM TO SELL ENTIRE RECORD COLLECTION AT PUBLIC SALE
As the final event in its 50th anniversary celebration, local NPR affiliate station WPSU-FM will hold a public sale of the station’s entire catalog of more than 10,000 LP records. The “Final Vinyl Sale” will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Penn State Armory behind Wagner Building on the University Park campus. WPSU-FM members will be granted early entry to the sale at 8 a.m. WPSU-FM is holding the “Final Vinyl Sale” to condense the station’s music collection before moving into the new Outreach Innovation Building at Penn State’s Innovation Park in 2005. Proceeds of the sale, which consists of approximately 10,000 records, will support WPSU-FM programming and operations.”
Just thought that was another, albeit unintentional, way to help end file sharing … makes file sharing look a little crazy when you consider this radio station actually had to buy, store, and care for 10,000 pieces of music … that would be one big-ass iPod! Anyway, take a look at the article and let us all know what you think should be being done–>