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Deirdre Molloy

Well said Mr C :) I'd add that, rather than being disintermediated, the "industry" is having to become more porous to survive (after the thrashing it's taken since it missed the boat and didn't buy / collaborate with Napster soon enough).

But old skool forums and communities are still thriving too, where aficionados are happily immersed in their passion and helping themselves, like this one for fans of the electronica persuasion: http://www.djhistory.com/forum/

If something is good, activity keeps thriving away on the interwebs, outside the industry perimeter fence.

James Cherkoff

Thanks Deirdre, the post-Napster story of the music industry really is the defining business case of our times. Would others agree?

Simon

It is definitely the defining business case. Ownership and distribution become analogous in the online sphere. Hence the TV companies looking at Project Kangaroo which in the short-term may cannibalise their own websites but, in the long-term, aims to keep the content "in-house" rather than "outsourcing it", as you succinctly put it. Whether p2p can be kept at bay is something I am sceptical of, but will watch with fascination

James Cherkoff

Thanks Simon. The relationship between content providers such as Kangaroo and the wider P2P universe will be interesting. P2P is associated with illegal file sharing but it's just the plumbing of the web being put to good use. After all the BBC iPlayer is a P2P service.

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