The Shuttering of MegaUpload: What Happens Next?

16/02/2012

The battle to curb illegal distribution of copyrighted material is heating up, following the shut-down of the file-sharing site MegaUpload by the FBI on piracy charges, explains IESE Prof. Josep Valor of the Department of Information Systems.

While those who break the law should face penalties, jurisprudence shows that the sharing of copyrighted material without making money from it is not punishable. Will these latest developments affect pure P2P exchanges? Do they signal the need for alternatives to monetization that go beyond fees for the exchange of recorded material?