Brilliant, logical, clear presentation in favor of enabling P2P as the savior rather than the destroyer of the entertainment industry by attorney Philip S. Corwin, as presented yesterday before the California Senate Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry - well worth the time to read if you want to understand what the debate is all about:
- Testimony of Philip S. Corwin
Partner, Butera and Andrews, Washington, D.C.
Regarding P2P: The Path to Prosperity for the Entertainment Industry Before
California Senate Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry
March 27, 2003
Senator Murray and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to share my views with you today regarding the impact of peer-to-peer (P2P) technology on the entertainment industry. We all now know that the acronym P2P stands for peer-to-peer. It is my belief that P2P also stands for path to prosperity. This powerful technology will transform the entertainment industry and deliver it, and the Nation's artist and consumers, into a new age of cultural and economic abundance. I commend you for holding this hearing so that your Committee can better inform itself about the realities of this powerful new technology, since effective and relevant public policy must always be informed by the truth.
Like you and the members of the Committee, I have devoted my career to the shaping of public policy. It has been my privilege to participate in the public policy debate surrounding digital media since 1999, when I represented MP3.com on Capitol Hill. I currently serves as a legislative consultant to CenterSpan Communications, a Portland, Oregon-based provider of intermediated and digital rights management (DRM) protected P2P backbone technology for licensed content.
I also lobby on behalf of Sharman Networks, the Sydney, Australia-based distributor of the Kazaa Media desktop (KMD) software. Worldwide downloads of KMD just surpassed 200 million, and it appears that later this month it will surpass ICQ to become the most downloaded software in history. During the course of this afternoon, between lunch and dinner, about 100,000 more copies will be downloaded worldwide.
In addition to representing my clientele on copyright and technology issues, I also serve as the Washington liaison for the American Bar Association's Section of Science and Technology, and as legislative reporter for the ABA's Cyberspace Law Committee. Next Friday, at the ABA Business Law Section's Spring Meeting in Los Angeles, I will participate in a panel discussion of "Internet Issues for the Entertainment Industry" sponsored by the Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the Cyberspace Law Committee.
The views I present to you today are solely my own and not those of any client I represent or organization I belong to.