The internet was never orginally seen as a threat or believe me it would not have been allowed to develop.
Instead of corporations being in control,we,the people,are in control.
As with any war,unfortunately,there will be casualties,thankfully small in comparision to actual users.
I don't doubt music and film companies lose money but nothing like the figures they enjoy throwing out,most people who download would not buy anyway,so far less sales are lost than they make out.
They have the money to fight but the sheer numbers involved makes it an impossible task.
It will however lead to faster development of more secure p2p applications.
Shutting down a few BT sites simply meant the smallers ones got fed more users.
Groups will soon start using where uploaders will only connect to a smaller ,trusted number of users.
These groups will grow by invite only so increasing the quality and security of the network.
100,000's of smaller groups will cause the mpaa untold expense to even comtemplate finding.
Bring your prices RIGHT down,in 10 years you won't be buying dvd's from a shop anyway so they have the perfect opportunity to start now,fair prices $6 a full dvd max and they'd KO p2p but it won't happen.
They are too greedy and stupid to realise they would make MORE doing this,hell p2p users would use the service(at $6 dollars a retail dvd).
The world has now changed and so has the balance of power,in the consumers favour.
Everyday people who do not download hate the film and music industry now,and they are simply tomorrows new p2p users.
Lets face it if they didn't pay someone $25,000,00 per film s othey could start a decent online service.
These "famous" singers and film stars are usually so far up there arse due the amount of money they have,they have so much they have everything so do drugs cause they want for nothing.
I'd class $5,000,000 enough to have a very nice lifestyle fo the rest of their lives.
We are to blame really,we idolise these "stars" when they are nothing better than us,they simply have their faces on a screen or their voice on a cd.