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National Post: Gnutella torching the music business

Aug 04, 2000, 07:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Diane Francis)

"The genie's out of the bottle when it comes to the value of intellectual property and it's called Gnutella."

"While Napster fights for its life against the gigantic record labels, Gnutella and others continue to swap songs and other property without paying royalties."

"And that cannot be stopped. The Napster controversy is not about theft, in my opinion. It's about bullying and fairness."

"Gnutella cannot be attacked legally because it is not owned by anyone, makes no money and has no assets to seize. It is no more than a label for a process or what amounts to a virtual library. Only this library is as large, or as small, as the number of individuals who link to one another through Gnutella. There is no central "architecture" to attack in geek-speak. It's a collective and there are others."

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