File sharing- root cause.
Today the Supremes announced that they would hear a case between several prominent recording artists and Grokster (case name: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster, 04-480).
The fight for the music companies is an uphill one to say the least. Let's consider the two crucial factors that the music industry needs to overcome: (I) people like music and (ii) people like free stuff.
If the recording industry wishes to end file sharing they either need to get people to dislike music or dislike free things. Since the first would put them out of business altogether, it is the second that they have decided to concentrate on... Suing 12 year olds for uploading the latest pop garbage. If this was any other industry the 12 year olds would be suing the record companies for breach of warranty, for manufacture of defective product, and for violations of the environmental protection laws for increasing the amount of noise pollution to intolerable levels.
This case represents the next level (after suing 12 year olds) , suing the file sharing software guys. I say guys because what girl is going to spend Saturday night sitting in front of a computer developing a way for people, she has never met, to swap files- not a single one.
You see in order to understand the development of the file sharing one needs to understand the true purpose of the underlying software. It is so that males of all ages can freely share nuddie videos. This is the dual use technology aspect of the software, while keeping the courts and society busy with the music issues; millions of young, old, and middle aged men send and receive millions of gigabytes of "stimulating" images, audio, and video every day. All under the radar of the of the copyright people.
Therefore my solution to stop the innovation of file swapping programs and thereby reduce the efficiency of the programs is to provide nuddie free of charge to all males over the age of 13- thereby eliminating the need for people to develop more sophisticated porn delivery devices.
You see, sex drives the world and if it is made a little easier to get then life becomes a little easier to regulate.