Fast: Scour Exchange
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a widely publicized legal battle with the RIAA and subsequent bankruptcy,
Scour has been aquired by Centerspan.
For the time being, the Scour Exchange network
has been unplugged, meaning if you're looking for a way to share and download
multimedia files you will need to look elsewhere.
MyNapster and iMesh are two leading alternatives
with good reviews. Gnutella is obviously another option worth considering.
is aiming for a rerelease early next year. Expect the reborn Scour to
generate substantial interest. People clearly want to be able to find
and download multimedia quickly and easily, something the original Scour
did with surprising efficency.
that all depends on what Centerspan decides to do with its new nine million
dollar toy. An aggressive approach could produce huge dividends. A
feeble effort which delivers weak content, on the other hand, could fail
spectacularly. The state of affairs at another Centerspan backed project,
may provide an early indicator of what the future holds.
Scour Exchange - Our Original Review
experts are divided about the prospects for this multimedia file sharing
service, partially owned by Hollywood super agent Michael
Ovitz, who has been trying as hard as possible to distance himself
from the project since the recording industry started making angry noises.
Fans on the other hand, have already made up their minds: they love it.
Much of the same content available on Napster can be found here, along
with bootleg downloads of recent full length feature films like Gladiator
and Star Wars: the Phantom Menace.
I fought the Law and the Law...
The inevitable lawsuit by the Motion Picture Association of America
is already underway. There is some reason, however, to think the company
may have a better defense than Napster. Because
the service provides access to wide variety of file types and formats,
it will not be a simple matter for Industry lawyers to portray Scour as
a pure piracy portal.
Dateline: Los Angeles - September 22nd
It appears that unlike Napster, which has been able to convert notoriety
and massive publicity into a viable legal defense Scour is both unwilling
and unable to fight off attacks by the entertainment industry. This may
say more about the internal dynamics of the company and the character
of its backers than it does about the inherent weakness of its legal position.
after the MPAA filed suit Scour announced it was laying off a significant
percentage of its staff, ostensibly to preserve funds for the coming court
September the company had filed for bankruptcy in Federal court, claiming
that it is no longer able to meet its financial obligations to creditors.
say the Scour site shows all the signs of a desperate dot com about to
let out its final death gurgle. For the time being the scour web site
remains active and the Scour exchange service operational.
convinced that pop-up advertising will give Scour the breathing room it
needs to launch some sort of kamikazee counterattack, the company has
increased the frequency with which they appear on its web site. This means
you can't click far without running into a pop-up, which makes surfing
the site about as exhilerating as a trip to AllAdvantage.com.
are ugly here. They're going to get uglier.
question is: How
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