Thursday, August 14, 2008

The kids, they never listen...

The file sharing conflict has been going on for quite a while now. It's p2p vs. the megacorps. Little guy vs. big guy. David on Goliath.

David and Goliath is right... funny, I've never understood why that story gets read the way it does. I mean we were supposed to be surprised that a deity's champion defeated a mere giant? Goliath was hosed from the moment that scenario began.

Much like the forces trying to stop file sharing. Allow me to explain, in simple terms, why p2p piracy will always win...

File sharing is owned, operated, and maintained by nerds. Nerds, by definition, are the smart ones. So when you set out to stop file sharing, the deck is stacked against you from the start. Now, in Sun Tzu's honor, let's look at the terrain. Where will the battle be located? On computers you say? I see. So now the plan isn't just to outsmart a bunch of geeks, but to do it via the computer. That's a stupid plan.

A more fruitful use of corporate energy would be curing the ails that drive people to p2p in the first place. Lower prices, remove commercials, return to corporate values that emphasize quality products over maximized profits... just a few ideas.

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