Mediadefender to the rescue?

17 08 2008

Don’t really know what to make of Mediadefender. The L.A.-based “leading provider of anti-piracy solutions” floods P2P networks with fake files in an attempt to stymie (illegal) movie and music downloads. As reported on arstechnica.com: “Unlike DRM providers that focus on protecting the product, MediaDefender tries to protect the distribution channel—and only for a limited time.”

While I am aware that my Soul Sunday posts encourage file sharing, I like to think that these posts generate interest – and possibly also a few sales. The same goes for music I download; if I like the artist, I’ll buy some of her/his work. More importantly, we live in a hypermediated world where content ownership, authenticity and creativity have become fluid rather than fixed notions (cf. the work of David Weinberger, Mark Deuze and Michael Wesch, to name just a few).

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