pretty clear that without some method of compensating
copyright holders and content providers for free downloads, file sharing
services will continue to find themselves in serious trouble.
Coming on Strong - MojoNation
of the first applications to take a step in this direction, open-source
MojoNation is billed by its creators, Autonomous
Zone Industries, as a sort of Napster meets E-Bay.
By incorporating a micropayment system, a
scheme the company calls Mojo, the programmers
responsible hope to provide a solution for what they tactfully refer to
as the "freeloader problem."
In theory the Mojo system will compensate content providers by providing
at least token payment for user downloads.
What this will mean in practice, however, remains to be seen.
Bandwidth: an innovative approach
MojoNation hopes to encourage responsible usage by awarding Mojo to users
who donate system resources and bandwidth
to the network. Given the traffic problems Napster users have caused in
the past, this is one element of the company's plan we may well be seeing
more of in the future.
A user reliability tracking system, similar to the popular feature on
E-Bay that allows users to see the past track
records of buyers and sellers could prove a godsend as increasing numbers
of surfers take up file sharing.
On the other hand, with dozens of completely free alternatives on the
Net, surfers may be less than enthusiastic about participating. And
how willing will the RIAA or MPAA be to party with a company that goes
by the catchphrase "Evil Geniuses for A Better
best guess? Not very.
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