That’s not to say file sharing will stop, it just means that networks can no longer hide behind a veneer of legal protection — they’re either going to cooperate with Big Media or admit their illegality and go underground.
Now, like the founder of Napster, Shawn Fanning, before them, Weiss and other file-sharing barons are facing their own day of reckoning after a U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer.
Over the past four months, several Napster heirs have shut down and others are contemplating what they once could not abide — doing business by the entertainment industry’s rules to survive.
“We can take a look at another four years of legal battles and spending millions of dollars on both sides,” Weiss said, adding: “Is that where I want to spend the next four years of my life? It’s better to focus the company’s energy on creating new technologies.”