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SF Gate: The Napster Effect; Program may have started something that no court can stop

Sep 28, 2000, 16:16 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Benny Evangelista)

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"A host of new companies inspired by the wildfire success of Napster are popping up with business plans that not only promise legal uses of "peer-to-peer" file sharing, but could make the technology even more widespread than Napster could ever accomplish on its own."

"The idea of linking millions of decentralized computers to share information rapidly could be the most powerful "democratic publishing model" ever seen, said Doug Ross, chief technology officer of BadBlue Corp., a Cincinnati peer-to-peer software company that will launch today. "There's nothing you can do about the free flow of information."

"Those who argue that new limits should be placed on copyright law may get their way in the courts as intellectual property holders push their cases," media analyst Malcolm Maclachlan said in a recent report. "Meanwhile, new peer-to-peer programs may make any copyright law irrelevant by making them impossible to enforce."

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