Yo! Bum rush the torrent
(Credit: Public Enemy)
Way back in 2003, the rapper known as Chuck D got up in front of the U.S. Congress and told them exactly what “P2P” meant to him.
“P2P to me means power to the people,” said the member of political rap superstars Public Enemy. The sentiment that peer-to-peer file-sharing can be good for musicians is still being debated, but then it was borderline revolutionary. Chuck D continued to say that he trusted “the consumer” far more than those “at the helm of these [record] companies.”
Ten years and a consistent streak of publicly supporting file-sharing later, Chuck D and Public Enemy have put their money where their mouths are with a new Public Enemy BitTorrent Bundle (download) on Wednesday. The Bundle is a new tweak to existing torrent technology from BitTorrent that introduces the Holy Grail of missing torrent features: a torrent paywall.
Gary “G-Wiz” Rinaldo, Chuck D’s manager and longtime producer who has worked with Public Enemy, Aerosmith, Run-DMC and other musicians, said that using BitTorrent technology was preferable… [Read more]
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