Wednesday, November 06, 2002

These Links Were Made for Breaking? VI
Earlier this month, MTVi severed its employees' access to peer-to-peer file-sharing services such as Kazaa and Morpheus. An internal memo indicates that the step was taken because of the proliferation of copyright infringement within the services.

But I wonder: How can MTVi and other large media organizations -- particularly those that focus on music and pop culture -- continue to be relevant if they cut themselves off from the grassroots sources of their information and ideas? How can MTVi continue to be of use to file-sharing fans if the employees of said organization are not allowed to use file-sharing services at work? Seems to be a case of putting your foot in your mouth, shooting yourself in the foot, and biting the hand that feeds you all in one awkward physical spasm.

Another argument for the ongoing evolution and maturity of parallel media networks. Share away, folks.

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