Mashup is a Caribbean word, mateys
As the crowned heads ofÂ cyberspaceÂ met atÂ the Consumer Electronics Show,Â the spectre ofÂ content piracy,Â Â aided and abetted by peer-to-peer (P2P)Â networking, castÂ a shadow of fear over the event.
“The volume of P2P which is dominated by illegal, uncopyrighted material is overwhelming and that clearly should not be an acceptable continuingÂ status,” the general counsel of NBC Universal is quoted as saying in The Hollywood Reporter.
Reporter David Kaplan of the e-zine Paid Content touched on this same issue in a brief but informative report that contains many useful links to other sources in the battle that is brewing between mashup culture and corporate content.
In searching around this morning I also found an earlier article in the e-zine Ars Technica, reporting on a speechÂ by theÂ chiefÂ executive of NBC Universal. The title says it all: “Piracy is the new face of economic crime, and we’re losing.”
I recentlyÂ wrote aboutÂ a study by Nokia that suggested that, within a few year’s time, that a quarter of all entertainment “will have been created, edited and shared within their peer circle rather than coming out of traditional media groups.â€
Aarrgh! Don’t you just hate it when industriesÂ goÂ to war with their customers!