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InfoWorld: Intel backing Napster model

Aug 10, 2000, 03:18 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Pat Gelsinger, Intel CTO, is due to announce the chip maker's plans to support file sharing of a wide range of both corporate and personal data at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), to be held later this month in San Jose, Calif. While the exact nature of the announcements have yet to be released, a representative at Intel Wednesday confirmed that the Santa Clara, Calif.-based vendor will encourage industry developers to aggressively adopt the file-sharing approach in its still nascent days of development."

"Malcolm Maclachlan, media e-commerce analyst at IDC, warned that the legal issues surrounding the ongoing suit brought against Napster by music labels will have far-reaching consequences on copyrighted material."

"The power of a company such as Intel moving into the contentious file-sharing space could rewrite the relationship between technology companies and media powerhouses, he added. "Looking to the long term, Intel wants to bring legitimacy to the peer-to-peer space," Maclachlan said. "If [the recording industry] wants to pick a fight, they will be picking on a giant."

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