February 6, 2004

Kazaa Mates!

"This is a knee-jerk reaction by the recording industry to discredit Sharman Networks and the Kazaa software, following a number of recent court decisions around the world that have ruled against the entertainment industry's agenda to stamp out peer-to-peer technology," the company said in a prepared statement.

The Kazaa kingdom may be faltering. Though I haven't used this software (and will not), I have heard from many classmates that this is supposedly lawful.

Hmmm. Maybe not. In Australia, official are raiding the offices of Kazaa employees. No happy corporate kangaroos down under today.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at February 6, 2004 6:32 PM

It's a hard battle, and no matter what bootlegging and file-sharing will continue. I just feel that it is up to us to suppose the artists that we like. Dave Matthew's Band promoted bootlegging of their shows, it helps get the band known, it's how band's get popular. Also I want to repeat, maybe this will make bands try harder to be better, cause loyal fans will by their CD instead of burning it. Good report amanda

Posted by: Puff at February 6, 2004 8:44 PM

Kazaa will be replaced by other technologies. Of course, what people do with these technologies may be illegal (actually, under US law, it does appear that file sharing is illegal). So the genie is out of the bottle, and it remains to be seen if the music industry can put the genie back into the bottle. File sharing marches on.

Posted by: Paige at February 7, 2004 8:36 AM

And now the film industry is having problems with piracy (ie. the anti-piracy promos at the theater). I love films, and I would love to have them at a cheaper price through downloading, but it would be biting the hand that feeds my film fetish...aren't we all doing this when we (and I am using that "we" rhetorically) download songs from the internet?

Posted by: Amanda at February 7, 2004 4:44 PM

I've been using Kazaa for quite sometime now. BUT I do buy 90% of the cds that I download and burn. I do promote Kazaa and Grokster and I hope that these downloading systems continue. If they would charge $9.99 for a cd then I would buy it, but anymore to pay $13.99-20.00 for a cd to enjoy only 1 or 2 songs that are good on it, ahh no. I want my money to go to something that is worth purchasing.

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at February 8, 2004 11:28 PM

I hear ya Stef. I don't really download anything from either of these sites because my computer has a firewall against them, but at the same time I ahve no desire to download music. If I want to hear a song, I'll buy the cd or the single. Otherwise, I'll wait for it to be on the radio.

Posted by: Tiffany at February 9, 2004 11:20 AM
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