After all, the Muxtape "code" was only one part that made it shine. It was the content that made the service so enjoyable.
If content could be backed up and retrieved across the Opentape network, that would be cool.
If everybody and their brother is running OpenTape, shutting down web-based mixtapes becomes prohibitively difficult.
That's what they said about P2P and RIAA is still suing hundreds and hundreds of people. Muxtape clones are gonna be even easier to shut down.
Sure. But I think that's ore out of frustration then strategy. P2P (among other things) is killing copyright. Well, at least in the way that guns kill people.
Depends where they're hosted, doesn't it?
You seem to be implying that my argument is invalid unless I am running OpenTape. I disagree. I am presenting an argument, not professing my belief system.
That's what they said about P2P and RIAA is still suing hundreds and hundreds of people.
RIAA is suing hundreds of people. Considering the hundreds of millions of people sharing mp3s, that's down in the noise floor. It's more likely that you'll slip and kill yourself in the bathtub than get sued by RIAA (National Safety Council says the odds of a fatal fall in the bathtub are one in 11,469).
And not to mention the EASE with which you'll get your ISP account shut down. An ISP will shut you down faster than your cable company would over using Bittorrent. So that's why I don't buy your argument about RIAA having 'hard time' shutting down OpenTape users.
The whole point of my post is that OpenTape is solving the wrong problem. It's a typical techie trap: trying to solve a social/legal problem with a technical solution... it almost never works.
Your argument led me to thinking about the difference between Muxtape/OpenTape and the mixtapes that DJs have been posting online for years.
One major difference is that most mixtapes I see have no track listings, and therefore record companies are not able to pinpoint copyright violations efficiently. I suppose then the questions is: How important is the track listing to the success of Muxtape?
Another reason is obscurity of the site/DJ. But if the Muxtape community fragments into a gaggle of OpenTape sites, perhaps it will have the same effect.
Life must suck for those guys right now. Does someone know their addresses, I'd like to send them a gift. I'm serious.
it sends the songs, and the hosting's site URL to opentape.fm
looks like a honeypot...?