From the year 2005, over 10 million people using peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks to share music, movies and software for free. P2P software programs such as Kazaa, Limewire, eDonkey and received much media attention. Music and movie industry organizations believed that downloading of copyrighted material has been stolen. The same associations took the P2P companies to court, maintaining that the P2P software developers should be held responsible if users illegally copied c … Read more »

From the year 2005, over 10 million people using peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks to share music, movies and software for free. P2P software programs such as Kazaa, Limewire, eDonkey and received much media attention. Music and movie industry organizations believed that downloading of copyrighted material has been stolen. The same associations took the P2P companies to court, maintaining that the P2P software developers should be held responsible if users illegally copied copyrighted songs, movies and TV programs. P2P software creator claims that it. Merely promotion of a technology with multiple benefits In fact, a P2P network architecture that could be used on a number of other applications such as distributed computing, instant messaging, voice telephony, spam filtering and other commercial activities. In the middle of high profile fights between the entertainment industry and P2P file-sharing software developer, had a number of proprietary systems offers legal downloads originated. Entertainment industry supporters pointed to Apple’s iTunes .99 cents per song download fee as an indicator for the future. Although iTunes entertainment industry executives it was possible to pay for downloads successfully met, seemed the battle between proprietary systems and P2P file-sharing to continue. Who would win in the long run?
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Ramon Casadesus – Masanell,
Andres Hervas,
Jordan Mitchell
Source: Harvard Business School
26 pages.
Publication Date: Jan 25,, 2006. Prod #: 706 479 PDF-ENG
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and the Market for Digital Information Goods HBR case solution