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Illegal Download Days are Numbered
By Darren Ratner
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2001-06-05
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Illegal downloads - you know them, you love them. Well, many could take exception to the "love" aspect. The war wages on with the black-masked Internet pirates on sites like Napster, trying desperately to keep copyright laws a force to be reckoned with.  And now the piracy police begins to polish their arsenal and combine forces in order to deal with their un-intimidated foes.

Last week, three Internet anti-piracy services, BayTSP, Copyright.net and Media Enforcer joined together to create a simpler and more productive way of combating copyright infringement over the Web. While the mechanical details of what Industry executives are hoping will be a successful alliance are undisclosed, many fingers are tightly crossed for what they think will cut Internet piracy off at the knees.

"We're thrilled with this relationship," said Tim Smith, founder of Copyright.net and President of the IT division. "The combination of BayTSP's unsurpassed spidering and fingerprinting technology and Media Forcer's client software solutions will allow us to offer a richer comprehensive community of services and products to our customers."

Creator and President of Media Enforcer, Travis Hill, was also ecstatic. "The time has come for the asset protection market to consolidate and focus," he said. "This alliance joins the best of breed in web spidering, file identification, client software and notification services to deliver a 'one-size fits all' suite of services to the music market."

Organizations like Media Enforcer have certainly inhaled the smelling salt. Not only did the anti-piracy push begin through creations like the Songbird software (designed specifically for Napster), a fresh fighter called Media Enforcer Professional was recently designed to accommodate the World Wide Web, peer-to-peer services and small-group promotion through a singular interface.

"Intellectual property holders everywhere have a need for Media Enforcer Professional," Hill said. "Not only does it offer a solution to the issues of copyright infringement online... it lets smaller groups promote their material at the click of a button."

Reality breaks the heart, doesn't it? The rise and fall of mp3 sites play out like a Tales From The Crypt episode - the sly, indictable character finds his/herself at a moment of bliss, only to be knocked down (or severed - whichever comes first) by the end. The gradual progression is inevitable when you look at research done by such organizations as Red Herring. According to their recently prepared analysis called, "Online Music Tunes Up," only music Web sites with a squeaky-clean history and the potential for large profits will receive the RIAA pat on the back. These companies include RealNetworks, MusicNet and MP3.com.

"All of the online music companies must test out some sort of subscription-based model," said Matt Wells, author of the report. "They must get users to pay for content... Online radio is definitely going to have to look at that as a source of revenues going forward."

To many a college kid's dismay, the report carries the implications of a free music funeral march. It's fairly obvious that mp3 sites do dodge the copyright bullet, with hidden FTP addresses that contain unfathomable amounts of illegally copied files (Oh yes industry execs - they do exist). But the plethora of new-born mp3 and movie files that Napster prided itself on has dwindled significantly. Profit and law must always intervene as artists collect the many fruits of their labor. But when the smoke finally clears, these mp3 sites will still be savoring their impact on music. The computer world looks to grow & expand, and digital music's fuse will stay well lit for the next generation. Many of the unattainable, long run effects remain to be seen, but associations like RealNetworks and MusicMatch are investing in what they believe to be their holy grail.

Copyright groups such as Media Enforcer, BayTSP and Copyright.net are merely standing guard at the gates of a newly explored musical kingdom.

Linkography

BayTSP - www.baytsp.com
Copyright.net - www.copyright.net
Media Enforcer - http://www.mediaenforcer.com
MP3.com - www.mp3.com
MusicMatch - www.musicmatch.com
MusicNet - www.musicnet.com
RealNetworks - www.realnetworks.com
Songbird - www.songbird.com

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