October 20, 2004
The Next Napster
Fred over at A VC is talking about "exploding TV." If you are looking for the next battles in copyright, this looks like a safe bet:
I believe "digital television" will play out largely like digital music. At first the content owners (like the musicians) will be held back out of loyalties to the cable MSOs (like the record labels). Content owners will not make their content available for download legally. But consumers will want to get their TV truly "on demand" and they will use Bit Torrent or whatever other technology becomes available just like Napster, Morpheus, and Kazaa were used to get music on demand.
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