"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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