The question about ownership on the internet is a question that has been at the forefront of the tabloids since the 1990’s. Sonny, though out this mess, there have been record labels on one end, artists on the other, and average, music pirating people like us in the middle.
See Sonny, in 1999 Napster was created, and “Napster was the first of the massively popular peer-to-peer file sharing systems, although it was not fully peer-to-peer since it used central servers to maintain lists of connected systems and the files they provided—directories, effectively—while actual transactions were conducted directly between machines. 4, 10, & 8”
Well Here is some more big words Sonny, you see, back in college, “High-speed networks in college dormitories became overloaded, with as much as 80% of external network traffic consisting of MP3 file transfers. Many colleges blocked its use for this reason, even before concerns about liability for facilitating copyright violations on campus. 5, 4, & 6 ”
That time, “Napster's facilitation of transfer of copyrighted material raised the ire of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which almost immediately — in December 1999 — filed a lawsuit against the popular service.” By 2001…Napster shut down… 4,5,8.”
This was because the court ruled that, “Napster changed that thinking. Media companies successfully argued in federal court that laws governing analog taping devices -- such as a VCR --shouldn't apply in a digital age, when copies of music or movies suddenly became perfect replicas (7).”
This was the death ell to internet file sharing, and opened the door to owning things in cyberspace Sonny.
Sonny, a wise man once said that, “people shall always remain in the real world, because this is where their online actions have consequences. It is where the products that people purchase online get delivered to their doors, where the membership fees they pay for an online service get charged to their credit cards, where the money that they deposit in Pay Pal is debited from their bank accounts, and where their account balances are only replenished by the toil of their working lives.(2)” That is why business always wins…things cost money, they always have, and eventually always will.
Grandpa, this is true I guess, it was easy to be taking Music on the net…until it gets back to you in real life.
Again, it was Sonny. But like I said, the implications were wide reaching…the court case defined that file sharing was illegal because it infringed upon copyrights…and the fact it was done on the internet did not stop the law from shutting down the P2P’s.
The implications now is that the Internet is becoming divided up, and owned, and that file sharing in the sense it was known in 199-2001 is dead.