Bill Bales, mede-oprichter van Napster maar momenteel CEO van AppleSoup noemt de Napster-ban geen goede oplossing tegen het illegaal verspreiden van muziekbestanden. Nieuwe technologiŽn voor "peer-to-peer swapping" worden pas echt een nachtmerrie voor platenbazen. Daarnaast zullen veel Napsteraars gewoon overstappen naar bijvoorbeeld programma's als Gnutella.
"The RIAA has won the battle, but it may lose the war. There are other technologies out there that are just frightening for copyright owners," Bales said, including upcoming technologies that give users anonymity. "It's quite scary for copyright owners."
According to Bales, Wednesday's surprise federal court ruling could, in fact, spur piracy by providing other peer-to-peer technologies with a "recipe" for how to get around existing copyright laws.
[...] Although the injunction may stop trading on Napster, it has no immediate effect on other sites that allow free trading of music, videos and all manner of digital media.
That fact was gleefully noted in a posting by Napster user Esteeaz, who wrote, "Bummer. On to gnutella or any of the other hundreds of programs!!!!" [break]Volgens Bales moeten we er wel rekening mee houden dat we Napster de komende tijd waarschijnlijk echt moeten missen:[/break]Bales said he hoped Wednesday's ruling didn't spell the beginning of the end for Napster and its army of 20 million users. "It's hard to tell. This could be the end of Napster for the next few months," he said. "They will probably have to shut all, or some, of their services down."
Bales, whose AppleSoup is working on new peer-to-peer technologies, said he expected Napster and the RIAA to continue their negotiations, and hoped a new approach was found that suited both consumers and copyright owners
"Peer-to-peer networking is here to stay. We (AppleSoup) are working on a solution for all constituencies," he said. "Napster was created with consumers in mind. The next generation will be created with copyright owners and consumers both in mind."
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