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Crunch Time for Napster
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Final briefs are being filed in the Napster case, before a
three-judge panel decides the fate of the embattled file-swapping
service. This week we'll talk to Nick Petreley, the founding editor of
LinuxWorld who recently argued in InfoWorld's The
Open Source column that it's wrong to confuse the issue of Napster
with free speech.
We also talk to Matt Greeley, the CEO of BrightIdea.com, which has
launched a spinoff site, SaveNapster.com. Matt worries that crushing
Napster will hurt peer-to-peer computing. We'll find out what ideas
people have to save the service and the technology.
Founding Editor, LinuxWorld
Linux Evangelist, Caldera Systems
"People are using Napster to violate the copyright of music and using
free speech as an excuse to do so, or in some cases using 'the future of
technology' as an excuse to do so. I just don't think that that is
morally correct. It's theft under the law."
CEO of BrightIdea, Inc.
Founder of SaveNapster.com
"I think the shift to peer-to-peer networking allows us to see a new
potential in the network that we didn't see previously. Napster has
really brought this to the mass public. ... You have an open public space
on your personal hard drive ... so any sort of application that requires
a distributed data store is open game. And I think we haven't even begun
to fathom the possibilities of what is possible."
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