File Sharing Companies Scramble To Go Legit; File Sharers Shrug And Move On
from the yes,-but-will-it-stop-file-sharing? dept
It looks like the recording industry's strategy of nastygramming file sharing providers has worked. While we've already reported on Grokster's plans to sell out to industry-supported Mashboxx, the NY Times is reporting that many of the other big name file sharing providers are looking at similar deals. This isn't that surprising. Any company in the space is likely facing a nasty lawsuit from the entertainment industry, even if they believe what they're doing is legal. Of course, the entertainment industry will mistake this as being a "victory," when it's actually anything but. To anyone who's actually watched what's happened over the past five years, it's pretty clear that file sharers will simply gravitate elsewhere -- specifically to systems that are even further underground. This generation of file sharing companies could be sued because they're companies. It seems pretty likely that the next generation won't be companies at all and there may not even be anyone specific to sue. The file sharing, however, will go on. It won't be legal -- but this isn't a point about legality; it's about reality.