Am I the only one who noticed this? Maybe it's too obvious, but, wow. Something cool about watching RocketBoom episodes show up in my iTunes Podcast playlist, and then being able to play them right in iTunes.
Reader JPF asks a really great question: Would Verizon’s advertisement for its new Fios fibre optic broadband
service, which talks about how you’ll be “downloading full feature films in no time,” violate the Supreme Court’s
recent ruling on Grokster, which
prohibits technology companies from promoting their services as facilitating piracy? Technically they’re not
encouraging people to download copyrighted materials, since it is possible to legally download feature films online,
but if you visit old Grokster pages on the Wayback Machine you don’t see anything on the site about how you can use
their software to download movies or music (copyrighted or not), and they specifically ask users to comply with all
copyright laws. How exactly is this any different from Verizon encouraging people to sign up for Fios in order to get
faster downloads? Yeah, we know that Grokster was being a little two-faced about it, but does anyone seriously think
that five years ago the telcos were all that upset that people were signing up for DSL so they could get faster Napster
downloads? The point is that it’s a gray area, and we suspect that it’s going to start getting really difficult to
determine with any accuracy when exactly a company with a product that facilitates file-sharing is promoting piracy and
when it is not, which is why a lot more of these cases are going to end up in court.