Sunday, March 21, 2004

IBM + Napster

IBM has teamed up with Napster to offer music streams/downloads in universities. In some ways, this is a smarter approach to unauthorized copying than the RIAA's most recent "sue granny" strategy -- since universities store most of the music available on the Internet, why not limit them to sharing with themselves over a private network instead of world+dog over the Internet? IBM's server farms offer DRM to keep it off the Internet, and take the strain off the universities network. I doubt it will make much difference, though.


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