p2p news / p2pnet:- It’s a virtual given that sooner or later, BitTorrent will become a major sales and distribution vehicle for the entertainment and software cartels.
Heresy. And with BT: cozy with the cartels as the header to a recent post, p2pnet’s catflap kicked off with, ‘I know, I know…everyone’s gonna hate me as soon as they read the title and then start flaming me. Okay, bring it on.’
Thus, the flamers flamed, and nor was catflap the only one feeling the heat. We had several highly vituperative emails suggesting we shit-can him. And ourselves. Heh
A New York Times story suggested, ‘For most in the culture industry, the chance of the file-sharing program BitTorrent serving a positive function is as likely as Darth Vader joining Habitat for Humanity,’ nonetheless going on to point out that Anime distributor ADV Films, ‘has decided to make the best of a bad situationÃ¯¿½ and will ‘publicize its new series ‘GilgameshÃ¯¿½ and ‘GoddanarÃ¯¿½ ‘ not in stores, but via the dreaded BitTorrent.
Now, ‘BitTorrent is becoming a critical player in bringing content to market online for the entertainment industry,’ BitTorrent coo Ashwin Navin is quoted as saying in an interview with Korea’s OhMyNews.
‘The Internet tears down so many limits that the industry endured using physical distribution,” he says, “and now, thanks to the efficiency of BitTorrent, the entertainment industry can securely offer unlimited selection at aggressive prices to a global audience.’
According to a study by CacheLogic, “eDonkey is now roughly on par with BitTorrent in the United States, China, Japan and Britain,” says interviewer Xu Zhiqiang. “In your opinion, why could eDonkey be on par with BitTorrent and what actions will BitTorrent do next to keep exceeding other P2P tools?”
BitTorrent is a, “web-publishing tool, increasingly used by content creators and rights owners,” retorts Navin. “We are not a P2P network, and we are not developing file-sharing tools. eDonkey and the P2P networks can have the entire file-sharing market because we’re not interested in it at all.”
Then OhMyNews gets down to the nitty.
‘After a try, I find that the engine doesn’t support Chinese characters,’ says the interviewer to Navin, who assures him, Ã¯¿½We are very happy that the Chinese online population has adopted BitTorrent so rapidly. The businesses that have emerged using our technology should work with us to always have the best and fastest technology for their users.Ã¯¿½
So what about the ‘pirated music and DVDs such as Ã¯¿½Star WarsÃ¯¿½ leaked to the Internet before their first showingÃ¯¿½? Did Navin think their appearance was BitTorrent’s fault’
‘We work with copyright holders to protect and secure their content online,’ he says. ‘The Web sites which host pirated movies using BitTorrent or HTTP or FTP or any other protocol will inevitably pay a penalty. There is no anonymity on the Internet or when using BitTorrent.’
Then, ‘What is the essential motivation for you and Bram Cohen to create and maintain and update BitTorrent?Ã¯¿½ asks Xu Zhiqiang. Ã¯¿½And what is your expectation towards BitTorrent’s future?’
‘We expect to have a profitable business that also makes the world a better place,Ã¯¿½ says the BT coo. Ã¯¿½Our motivation and rewards come when we see a Chinese schoolteacher making his or her multimedia lesson plan available on the school bulletin board online. That lesson plan is now available to all teachers and students across China and even the world. This content would not exist on the Web at all if it were not for BitTorrent’s cost-effectiveness.’
After refusing to comment on possible involvement from venture capitalists (VCs), Navin responds to ‘If you have absorbed VCs, will you charge users fees for BitTorrent some day?Ã¯¿½ with, ‘BitTorrent’s software will always have a free version available. We will also launch internationalization including Chinese language support, so all BT users in China should try to use our version because it will be the fastest and most reliable way to download using BT.Ã¯¿½
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