The Culture of Free: A Look Back At Napster & Its Impact On Music

shockwebpic_napsternytimesdocuThis NY Times Retro Report documentary short takes a look back at the beginnings of the file-sharing program Napster which began in 1999 and its strong impact on the music industry, artists and music buying fans.

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The Money Alternative Experiment: Bitcoin Explained

shockleewebpic_bitcoinexplainedBitcoin, the decentralized electronic cash system that has been gaining popularity is still a bit of a mystery for most. With only 21 million worth created in total and a P2P network that is used to generate and exchange currency, more and more places are starting accept it but this new system is still volatile and very vulnerable to hacking, including some events that happened just this week.

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US Gets New Copyright Alert System: ‘Six Strikes’ And Your Internet May Be Affected

Starting today, a new copyright alert system is being implemented in the US to prevent piracy. It seems this system has been designed to catch the most casual of pirates, as Computerworld, TorrentFreak and a host of others point out, the system is easy to circumvent and is focuses on monitoring torrent users who don’t take privacy precautions while downloading illegally acquired copyrighted material.

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Downloaded: The Rise And Fall Of Napster – A Documentary, Premieres At SXSW This Spring

It seems to be the year of music docs, ‘Downloaded: The Rise and Fall of Napster‘ is a feature length film on music industry game changer, Napster.

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Copyright & Innovation: The Untold Story

Michael A. Carrier, a professor at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey has written an in-depth article addressing the many issues surrounding copyright and it’s impact on innovation.

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What Is The Future Of Money?

Some ideas on the future of money and value in the social networking/social media space featuring thoughts from community leaders like Linus Olsson, the founder of Flattr and Michel Bauwens, the founder of the P2P Foundation.

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New P2P Live Streaming Protocol From BitTorrent Inventor Coming

Bram Cohen designed BitTorrent in 1991, the most common protocol for transferring large files across the web and thus turned the world upside down by popularizing the method by which file-sharers worldwide started to share data, information and in a lot of cases copyrighted content, ie: your favorite songs, apps & movies.

Recently Bram has announced that he’s working on a new P2P Protocol for streaming live video…which has a lot of people curious, excited and probably nervous. Check the video for the demo and for more, Torrent Freak.

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