Monday, June 13, 2005

Sean Fanning is Such a Douchebag

Article from Reuters, 6/13/05:

Snocap opens up to independent artists


The online music service Snocap said on Monday that it would allow independent artists and small record labels to register their songs to receive payment when they are traded over Internet "peer-to-peer" networks.

Snocap, the latest venture of Napster founder Shawn Fanning, uses digital "fingerprint" technology to identify songs that are swapped online.

Peer-to-peer networks can use Snocap to block unauthorized copies of songs and replace them with protected versions that can be controlled by their owners.

Only one peer-to-peer service has signed up to use Snocap so far, but the company says it is in talks with others.

Snocap officials hope that existing peer-to-peer services like Kazaa and LimeWire will turn to Snocap as a way to end their legal battles with recording companies and convert the millions of songs that are copied over their networks into a steady revenue stream.

Three out of the four major labels -- Universal Music Group, (EAUG.PA) Sony BMG (6758.T)(BERT.UL) and EMI Group Plc (EMI.L) -- have registered their songs with Snocap, as have larger independent labels like TVT and Rykodisc. Snocap said it is in talks with the fourth major label, Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE:WMG - news).

Snocap founder Fanning first shot to notoriety when he turned the music industry upside down with Napster, the first software program that allowed users to copy music from each others' hard drives for free.

Napster has since been relaunched as an industry-approved download service.

Really, I want artists to get paid just as much as the next person, maybe even more so. For a long time after the collapse of Napster I stopped using P2Ps at all because I felt so guilt ridden about it.

But I can't help but feel that Fanning is such a loser for developing Snocap. I hate to use the term sellout, but, well, what else is he?

Current song obsession at work: Okkervil River - "For Real"

6 Comments:

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

He is kind of a tool in general from interviews I have read.

I dont feel guilty about p2p services. I am certain that b/c of them I have dumped MUCH more money into the music industry via concert tickets, exposure to new bands thus purchasing more CDs, etc.

 
At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sean Fanning could have killed my twin brother for all I care, he provided me with a couple thousand free songs my freshman year in college, and for that I will always be grateful. You've never provided me with any free songs...douchebag.

 
At 7:50 AM, Blogger Moe Busy said...

someone just called you a doucheba!!!

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger sasefina said...

But what has he done for you lately?

I wonder if you'll still call me a douchebag when he's responsible for serving you a lawsuit.

 
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