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Sunday, June 26, 2005

"Trying to marry decentralized file transfer with central control just doesn't seem like a magic bullet."
Well said! This was exactly what I was thinking when I saw this announcement. It's P2P, except with a central server, ie. without P2P.
Posted by Ethan Glasser-Camp to GrafoDexia at 6/26/2005 08:37:00 PM

Thanks. It's still P2P, however, but with a centralized control scheme overlaid. The only advantage I can see to such a network is that it offloads bandwidth costs to the end users. Now, if someone would come up with a scheme whereby the control and currency traveled back via P2P as well, that would be truly exciting. Perhaps it could work via a referral fee mechanism--if you could get on Kazaa or its ilk as an authorized dealer and successfully compete with the infringing files you would send a percentage of that to the company that provided the music. But we're not going to see any experimentation in that direction, because there's no market for it since the RIAA member entities won't buy.



Anonymous Ethan said...

Technically, it is still P2P, but it feels like it's still client-server in spirit. I think it's a reflection of the RIAA mentality that their network be structured like this -- they still see themselves as the top of the musical pyramid. And in some ways they are, like the link you posted which mentioned Frank Sinatra hits. They still have a lot of hits which will bring in money for a long time, and a lot of good bands recording things for them.

In my opinion, a backflow of control and currency is just the same pyramid, laid out in a different way, and it doesn't really strike me as exciting. More interesting to me are things which allow people to share their own work, and make the pyramid more mesh-like. The best example I have of this is Webjay, but that's more fan-oriented than artist-oriented, so maybe it's not so great.

At least a P2P network, even if it's only "technically" P2P, is an improvement from their previous stance of "if it has electrons in it, it's evil". It may be that experimentation comes about, if the sound of cash is loud enough.

Ethan (glasse rpi edu)

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