I am listening to the podcast version of On the Media and just heard MPAA chief Dan Glickman say that Bittorrent and all P2P “is based upon encouraging people to illegally infringe copyright material, to take movie and music for free”. As far as I know, I am the only podcaster who offers as my standard default feed Bittorrent files. I am the benificiary of being able to serve my podcasts to an order of magnitude more users than I could without it.
Dan Glickman is dead wrong, and if I am unable to use Bittorrent it will substantially impair my ability to deliver my podcasts, which are freely offered to the public and which have no copyrighted materially save that which I am permitted to use. There is a huge amount of hubris in Big Media’s insistence that their movies and music are the only thing worth moving through P2P. They are incorrect, and getting more incorrect every day. Citizen created media is getting more compelling every day, even as Big Media gets less compelling. Peer to peer is our best tool in getting our citizen media out to our fellow citizen listeners and viewers. I’m fighting back the only way I know now, by shifting my media consumption from the Big Media to the citizen.