Protecting Intellectual Property in the
Frank G. Hausmann
|•||Peer-to-peer (P2P) communication between Internet users, as opposed to users and Web sites, is both the origin and the future of the Internet. Contrary to the impressions generated by the Napster controversy, P2P systems are not inherently infringing or nonsecure, as is evidenced by the increasing use of P2P systems within enterprises to facilitate the sharing of secured content. “Mediated” P2P systems offer substantial cost savings with respect to the storage and bandwidth requirements necessary to support games, music, and video, thus enabling the continued growth of digital content distribution services. Overall, mediated and secure P2P systems can deliver a mix of audio and video content at one-third the cost of traditional clientserver downloads and one-tenth the cost of streaming.|
|•||Existing digital rights management technologies provide sufficient security to address the legitimate concerns of copyright owners.|
|•||A legislated, affirmative fair use “safe harbor” would be the most positive action Congress could take to facilitate the growth and consumer acceptance of legitimate digital content distribution services. A “middle way” must be established between the conflicting agendas of copyright anarchists and copyright maximalists in order to provide marketplace stability.|
|•||Ongoing antitrust oversight of the digital media market is expected. Vigorous competition and diverse consumer choice are key assurances of a vibrant and successful online content industry.|
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Publication information: Book title: Copy Fights:The Future of Intellectual Property in the Information Age. Contributors: Adam Thierer - Editor, Wayne Crews - Editor. Publisher: Cato Institute. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 205.
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