There has been an absolute flurry of activity around our primary topics the past several days. Now that the election is over and blogger.com is back to normal traffic I feel like I can actually post some of it. This isn’t new today, but I thought I’d point you to some news I saw several days ago, but again today on bbc.com … “Studios to Sue Net Movie Swappers.” Basically it breaks down like this — you steal and illegally trade/provide a film online, plan on coughing up $30,000.00 per film. Not too cheap! Here’s the breakout quote, “We know who they are, and we will go after them.” Ok, sounds like the MPAA is going to use the same tactics as the RIAA … management by fear. Anyway, very relevant stuff â€¦
In related news, Wired.com ran an article today titled, “File-Sharing Thrives Under Radar.” It talks about BitTorrent and how it is getting some serious attention from the MPAA and RIAA … goes on to say that it has existed under the radar for so long, but now that it is gobbling up bandwidth (up to a third!) “Hollywood’s copyright police are taking notice.” I’m not going to bore you with the details of olâ€™ BitTorrent, but you should know there is a ton of stuff out there — spanning from legal music, trailers, etc, to all illegal stuff. Literally anything you want is sitting there ready to be taken. The article gives a great overview of how the technology works — which is a very cool way to distribute materials by the way — and lays out the prediction that its days could be numbered. Ouch … people do use peer 2 peer for good as well … oh well.
All the while more and more legal music services are expanding … Apple has a ton of music available online and not to be outdone I read this morning that MSN’s download service is expanping. I guess the point is that we are really just on the cusp of this stuff exploding in the digital world. All the stuff we were talking about weeks ago — the pervasive nature of technology and how we live in the digital world is getting set to go mainstream. Those of us who have been plugged in for the last five years or so don’t find this astonishing — we have been waiting for it. But to see the whole world begin to line up to buy digital products is cool to me … for crying out loud, my parents even have an iPod and an account on the iTunes Music Store. Ouch again … only reason I say that is that I am tech support …
In a totally unrelated sense … I found this cool little thing today … take a look at it. I know its a little goofy, but it does hold HUGE potential. Anyway, as always, very curious about you are all thinking and if anything you’ve been learning via class or your own research makes you want to say something please do — in other words, comment!