March 27, 2005

Mark Cuban on Grokster [6:15 pm]

Let the truth be told…MGM vs Grokster

We are a digital company that is platform agnostic. Bits are bits. We dont care how they are distributed, just that they are. We want our content to get to the customer in the way the customer wants to receive it, when they want to receive it, at a price that is of value to them. Simple business.

Unless Grokster loses to MGM in front of the Supreme Court. If Grokster loses, technological innovation might not die, but it will have such a significant price tag associated with it, it will be the domain of the big corporations only.

It wont be a good day when high school entrepreneurs have to get a fairness opinion from a technology oriented law firm to confirm that big music or movie studios wont sue you because they can come up with an angle that makes a judge believe the technology might impact the music business. It will be a sad day when American corporations start to hold their US digital innovations and inventions overseas to protect them from the RIAA, moving important jobs overseas with them.

Thats what is ahead of us if Grokster loses. Thats what happens if the RIAA is able to convince the Supreme Court of the USA that rather than the truth, which is , Software doesnt steal content, people steal content, they convince them that if it can impact the music business, it should be outlawed because somehow it will. It doesnt matter that the RIAA has been wrong about innovations and the perceived threat to their industry, EVERY SINGLE TIME. It just matters that they can spend more then everyone else on lawyers. Thats not the way it should be.

Slashdot discussion: Mark Cuban to fund Grokster vs. MGM case. (See also the fact that I must have been channeling John Palfrey when I posted this); also CNet News’ Mark Cuban to finance Grokster defense

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iPod Commentary [6:00 pm]

The Register article, Should iPods carry health warnings?, is mostly a plaint about how antisocial one might become while using an iPod, with a variety of suggested warning labels to be put into the system software. I liked this one in particular:

Songs from iTunes are infected with DRm by major labels

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