A new approach to file-swapping: The article indicates that Big Media is finally coming around to conform to “Deane’s Two Undeniable Laws of File Sharing.” I came up with these laws in 1999, when Napster was huge. They are:
Undeniable Law #1:
Legally speaking, trading of copyrighted files is illegal. You can argue all you want about free speech blah-blah-blah, but the ways the laws are written, it’s illegal.
Undeniable Law #2:
There’s no way to stop it. You can’t put toothpaste back in a tube. And given that DRM will always fail, the bottom line is that the world of content distribution has simply changed and the prior laws governing intellectual property are doomed. Big Media needs to find a way to fit it into their business model, or the consumer will just go around them.
That said, the tone of this article indicates that Big Media may finally be realizing this:
In the last few months, major record labels have signed licensing deals with companies working to field file-swapping services that would block unauthorized files from being traded online.