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The Porn Of Napster

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the internet's-driving-force dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 257

Thomas M Hughes writes "Well, Napster is breathing its last breath. Filing for chapter 7 and slowly dying. Who better than to try and bring it back to life than a porn company? The article claims that the company wishes to use the Napster name to distribute free pornography across the Internet."

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Free? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259538)

Of course, it will probably all be copyrighted porn, so they'll get sued by all the pornographers now too.

Getting sued by the RIAA vs. getting sued by pornographers... which is worst?

Re:Free? (1)

superpeach (110218) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259604)

They wont be sued by pornographers, the RIAA will just spawn the PAA in an attempt to get even more money from file swapping services.

Re:Free? (3, Funny)

marko123 (131635) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259607)

I want to be punished by pornographers, if it means being tied to a post and tickled with feathers by big-breasted blondes. Compare this with being bent over by the RIAA, and having all the CD's I copied for fair use jammed blunt-ways up my butt.

Re:Free? (1)

nastro (32421) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259659)

Isn't this already a problem with usenet? Say, for instance, scans of various magazines, or copies of "legitimate" porn sites .jpgs get distributed on usenet (as happens regularly...so I've been told :) ). These images are all copyrighted. So what difference does p2p make, if it's all just file sharing, anyway?

Copyrighted porn (1)

TrollsamaBinLaden (599568) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259713)

You know if the picture doesn't show the faces of the people involved it's going to be a real bitch to prove who is who for any kind of copyright purposes anyway. I expect this service to be an easy way to find mockup britney porn and the like.

Hell, imagine what kind of spyware will be built into it...talk about pop ups...hehe.

Re:Free? (1)

Eros (6631) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259765)

Most definitely the RIAA. The porn industry is mostly run by the maffia, so if you lose all your money, consider yourself lucky.

Re:Free? (5, Informative)

Vireo (190514) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259778)

Read the article. Private wants to use its own copyrighted material as a base.

[i]Private Media claims to own the largest library of adult-oriented content in the world, with global copyrights to the content.

"Along with Hollywood and the recording industry, we have become increasingly concerned about the level of copyright infringement inherent in the free peer-to-peer file swapping services," Prast said.[/i]

Re:Free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259811)

Of course, it will probably all be copyrighted porn, so they'll get sued by all the pornographers now too.

Getting sued by the RIAA vs. getting sued by pornographers... which is worst?

Would this be a pair-to-pair network?

the porn of slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259540)

I like to view them diaper pictures

Re:the porn of slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259682)

Slashdot...I came for the ASCII Goatse pr0n; I stayed for the trolls!

Nice.. (0)

PFAK (524350) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259541)

Free porn will be a nice thing for the internet. But I don't think it'll fly, people will end up putting up porn that isn't free. Unless its just files that the distributors put up and then people can download and the serve on their own.. Boy, that would sure be a bandwidth hog.. I can't wait to see if it this happens.

Re:Nice.. (0)

mclaren_1010 (541130) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259595)

it made sense to me if the company put up there own stuff and if you wanted to buy it you could... probably like 3 minute clips..

Free porn nice? Nope, it'll hurt (1)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259772)

I don't think it'll fly, people will end up putting up porn that isn't free.

A bigger problem is who's going to pay for all this bandwidth. It isn't going to be the ISPs, that's for sure.

All this P2P stuff is likely to cost all of us dear unless something revolutionary happens (and in my opinion, this would still only delay the inevitable).This BBC article [bbc.co.uk] has more detail about possible consequences, and actually mentions Napster porn (admittedly as an afterthought).

Why do that want Napster... (3, Interesting)

EvanED (569694) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259545)

"'Along with Hollywood and the recording industry, we have become increasingly concerned about the level of copyright infringement inherent in the free peer-to-peer file swapping services,' Prast said."

If this is true, why would they want to use a brand name that was almost entirely devoted to copyright violation?

Re:Why do that want Napster... (2)

Anonymous DWord (466154) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259558)

Because there's no such thing as bad publicity? Even your mother knows what Napster is (was).

Re:Why do that want Napster... (3, Insightful)

great throwdini (118430) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259593)

Why would [Private Media] want to use a brand name that was almost entirely devoted to copyright violation?

Probably for the same reason Bertelsman got involved: brand recognition.

Alternate theory: PM doesn't want Napster, they want press.

ps. I think I sampled the statement better yesterday [slashdot.org] -- who's Prast again? :p

sounds familiar (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259548)

../friday/riaa/ [slashdot.org]

whoda thunk? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259550)

You'd think the edits of slashdot would actually _real_ slashdot?

All the pr0n we'll ever need! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259553)

I'm sure if just a couple geeks get together, we can provide terabytes of pr0n to the rest of the world, because every geek has several gigabytes of porn!!!

Well, I do, at least :P

New meaning... (5, Funny)

Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259554)

P2P. So what exactly does the P stand for again? It ain't "peer" anymore, thats for sure!

p2w (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259564)

It would soon become P2W, porn to wankers

Re:New meaning... (1)

Cubeman (530448) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259689)

P2P = Porn to People!

Re:New meaning... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259708)

P2P = penis to penis

Napster isn't P2P (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259703)

For anyone who may not be aware, Napster isn't Peer-to-Peer, thats why it was so easily shut down and blocked by firewalls. It's client-server, remove the server and it doesn't work. (to say nothing of all the unofficial server software flying around, all the independent networks probably got sued out of existance along with the official one.)

Re:Napster isn't P2P (1)

Istealmymusic (573079) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259775)

That's not true, Napster is peer-to-peer, as in direct AIM, ICQ, video conferencing, and IRC DCC. Centralized peer-to-peer using a central server for indexing, but peer-to-peer nonetheless.

Decentralized networks avoid a central server by passing search query data around supernodes/ultrapeers, FastTrack being one such example. As is Gnutella; but Gnutella's a particularly bad example, as well as a bad P2P network protocol.

As for your comment about "blocked by firewalls", firewall ACLs are irrelevant. Firewalls can block a central server just as well as they can block incoming connections (removing one half of the visible P2P hosts), specific ports (1214, FastTrack), and specific data ("GNUTELLA OK\n\n" or "User-Agent: Gnutella\r\n").

Re:New meaning... (4, Funny)

drafalski (232178) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259715)

The last P...well...that's not that simple
It's sorta like another way to call a cat a kitten
It's five little letters that are missin' here

Re:New meaning... (1)

di0s (582680) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259809)

If this goes thru, it'll stand for Porn 2 the People, or something to that effect... =)

Re:New meaning... (5, Funny)

bilbobuggins (535860) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259861)

I think you mean P2OPP

sorry, i couldn't resist

Napster is dead (2)

motox (312416) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259560)

Napster itself died long time ago. It's just becoming a generic term to designate P2P services... they all say "like napster but it works" :)

Re:Napster is dead (2, Insightful)

messiertom (590151) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259696)

Ironically, I find that Napster was the only P2P that worked reliably for me.

With the new ones, I can only connect to a few search servers, and even when I do, half of what I search for ends up just being pr0n with "kraftwerk" in its filename.

Re:Napster is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259701)

Napster itself died long time ago,

its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

Just a guess (2)

brad3378 (155304) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259563)

I wonder if they are responsible for Pornster? [pornster.com]

i wonder (2, Funny)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259565)

what the logo will look like now....

Oldest Known Penis Is 100 Million Years Old (0)

fuckinggodalmighty (606841) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259568)


LEICESTER, England (Reuters) - Sex was first recognized in the fossil records more than 500 million years ago and the oldest known penis is about 100 million years old, a conference heard on Friday.

It belongs to an ostracod, an early crustacean related to crabs, shrimps and water fleas, and was found in a fossil sample unearthed in Brazil.

"To my knowledge it is the oldest penis. I don't know of any older," Professor David Siveter, of the University of Leicester, told the British Association science conference.

Dinosaurs were around 100 million years ago but the only known dinosaur fossils are of bones, not soft tissue.

In fact the ostracod fossil had not one penis but two.

Siveter, an expert in paleontology, believes ostracods are very sexy animals because they have the second longest sperm in the animal kingdom. A one millimeter ostracod can produce a single sperm 10 millimeters long.

"An ostracod has the longest sperm to body ratio of any animal known to man, so clearly it has to have special equipment to deal with the sperm. It doesn't have one penis, it has two. We found the two penises in a 100 million year old fossil," he said.

By studying gender and sexuality and how far it goes back in the fossil record, Siveter said scientists can learn more about how animal reproduction evolved and behavioral traits.

In a separate presentation, Professor Scott Sampson of the University of Utah Museum of Natural History in the United States said that dinosaurs probably used their enormous horns, pikes, plates and crests to attract the opposite sex, in a similar way that peacocks use their colorful array of feathers.

Some of the appendages were used as weapons but Sampson said others were simply not strong enough to be useful against an enemy and like deer or antelope they used the horns to impress potential mates.

"I think the evidence is quite strong that dinosaurs did too," he said.

Re:Oldest Known Penis Is 100 Million Years Old (1)

superpeach (110218) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259619)

In fact the ostracod fossil had not one penis but two.

Obviously born to be a porn star.

Re:Oldest Known Penis Is 100 Million Years Old (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259671)

Hey buddy, remember this is Slashdot--where's the oldest known anus?

Re:Oldest Known Penis Is 100 Million Years Old (0)

fuckinggodalmighty (606841) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259724)

The ostracod is likely to be the oldest anus as well, since they did have an anus [216.239.51.100] [google cache].

Re:Oldest Known Penis Is 100 Million Years Old (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259747)

I am disappointed... this was the perfect time for a goatse.cx link, but you had to go and do something almost sensible.

getting reamed (1)

kyoko21 (198413) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259569)

Napster for p0rn should be interesting. Regulated p0rn distribution. Wait, that sounds like an oxymoron. :-) None the less though, I wonder what will the new Napster look like...

Re:getting reamed (1)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259577)

i imagine that it will be veeeery dark (so mom can't see the glow off the screen)

Re:getting reamed by lawmakers (1)

saskboy (600063) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259646)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2241855.stm
Che ck out this news that took place in northern Europe, where people are so smart, they are forgetting to have kids.

wait a sec... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259570)

I thought porn was already free...??

It's still copyright infringement... unless.... (3, Funny)

tweakt (325224) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259574)

The porn is free...

...and more importantly, open-source :)

Re:It's still copyright infringement... unless.... (2, Funny)

messiertom (590151) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259621)

> ...and more importantly, open-source :)

You mean, all of the pr0n stars are shared and we're free to modify them as we wish?! Mmmmmmm........ sign me up.

Does the goatse guy count as open source? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259644)

I mean when you are talking about porn and open sources, that one can't possibly be more open.

The goatse guy is WIDE OPEN SOURCE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259816)

It doesn't get anymore wide open than that.

Re:The goatse guy is WIDE OPEN SOURCE (0)

ogre2112 (134836) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259842)

I believe that would be open SORES.

Won't Last Long (1, Redundant)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259581)

P2P with centralized servers with lists of content, whether pr0n or music, will inevitably end up trading "intellectual property." This could range from pics that are owned by a magazine (ever hit the alt.binaries groups and see the # of posts looking for a recent playboy spread), or the 31337 k1dd13z learning that if you append .mpeg to the end of your Metallica tune, it'll look just like pr0n on the servers. Then the RIAA comes after them again.

As for the videos that could possibly be traded.....Is there such thing as an MPPAA? :-D

liquidation (1)

CySurflex (564206) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259583)

as it prepared to go into Chapter 7 liquidation

a.k.a the "money shot"

Interesting...Private Media's Stock Soared (3, Interesting)

chip2000 (513030) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259584)

Anyone notice that in the article it mentions a 2.41 stock value and the quote at the foot of the article mentions a ~22% gain (.55)? It's no surprise I suppose considering that the porn industry is a multi-billion dollar one, but still kind of astounding. Another half million for Napster if they accept..

Re:Interesting...Private Media's Stock Soared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259841)

That's quite interesting. I think I'll be watching their stock for the next few weeks to see how much it fluctuates.

Don't follow any links (1)

Fryed (205364) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259585)

Man, it's like the editors of Slashdot are posting this story as bait for every troll to come out and post a goatse.cx link.

Or the hordes of people posting the old adage of "All advances in technology are driving by a desire for easier access to pornography."

So be warned, any link that a post in this thread links to could conceivably redirect you to a dreaded goatse.cx link. Click on things at your own risk.

Re:Don't follow any links (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259806)

Grow up, jackass.

Oh please, oh please, help us oh great one Fryed!!

Jesus, anybody who clicks on a goatse link on slashdot DESERVES the goatse link. OBVIOUS.

The clever goatse redirects, embedded links, etc., disappeared long ago.

You = redundant. thx. live long and goatse.

Time to update my resume (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259590)

A representative for Napster, which recently closed its doors and terminated all but a few of its remaining 42 staffers as it prepared to go into Chapter 7 liquidation, was not available for comment.

Usually this means that they layed off too many. And boy, what a time to go work for Napster ;-)

More Stories (3, Informative)

leibnizme (264472) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259600)

Additional coverage:

CNN [cnn.com]

SiliconValley [siliconvalley.com]

Yahoo [yahoo.com]

Re:More Stories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259639)

Did you actually read the "additional coverage" or just throw links up there?

Let's look at the attributions: news.com = Reuters, SiliconValley = Mercury News (shame, shame) = Reuters, Yahoo = ecommercetimes.com, CNN = CNN/Money (but I see a lot of Reuters in it).

Yeah, thanks for three additional retellings of the same non-event.

re: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259605)

Porn on the Internet?? Really?
Where have I been? /sarcasm

I still use Napster! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259622)

Has anyone here fired up an old copy of Napster lately? I had an old Napster install program burnt on a CD, and I fired it up under WINE yesterday -- I connected, and although the selection isn't as great as it was in its heyday, I can still get a lot of great MP3s from there at fantastic speeds!

Does anyone have an explanation for this? I thought Napster was dead!

Re:I still use Napster! (2)

MoneyT (548795) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259723)

I thought Napster was dead!

That's what they wanted you to believe.

But shouldn't they call in Nadster then? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259628)

Hey, I'm cool with it as long as mister goatse doesn't become the company logo. Everyone needs a little free porn now and then...free sample (oYo)

Wow! (5, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259634)

Free porn? Wow! This is just what the Internet needs! coughUSENETcough.

Might be a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259657)

My goodness:
Well, Napster is breathing its last breath. Filing for chapter 7 and slowly dying.
Incredibly similar to the way BSD is dying. Maybe BSD should reinvent itself as "the porn os". Might work.

Awesome! (3, Funny)

MrP- (45616) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259660)

Now I'll be able to use Napster again!

Should be renamed though, umm Pornster... hmm nah.. Snatchster! Yeah that's it!

Name change (1)

cheebie (459397) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259662)

They'll probably have to change the name to "Lapster".

Re:Name change (1)

Salsaman (141471) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259781)

Yeah I like that idea : Lapster - You're allowed to download anything, but you mustn't use your hands !

Another way to get pr0n (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259674)

Patent sex, and get all the prior art, heh.

Fate... (2, Funny)

BlindSpot (512363) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259675)

Napster anagrams to "panters", so it must be fate!

("Pantser" works too...)

Re:Fate... (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259771)

"Pantser" works too

You mean "Unpantser"

Couple important bits (5, Informative)

Roadmaster (96317) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259679)

A lot of people seem to have missed these two quotes from the article:

"Along with Hollywood and the recording industry, we have become increasingly concerned about the level of copyright infringement inherent in the free peer-to-peer file swapping services,"

and

"Private Media claims to own the largest library of adult-oriented content in the world, with global copyrights to the content."

Assuming they stick to charging users for access to their network and making sure only their content gets "shared", it doesn't look like they'll be shut down by the RIAA, MPAA or sued into the ground for trading content without the adequate rights. Plus, it's not like the MPAA would be too concerned by porn flicks being traded on the service...

Re:Couple important bits (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259761)

"Private Media claims to own the largest library of adult-oriented content in the world, with global copyrights to the content."

Somebody at the copyright office has a really cool job.

Re:Couple important bits (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259783)

Somebody at the copyright office has a really cool job.

Boss: "Bob! You have been goofing off. You do nothing but view porn all day!"

Bob: "But boss, that is my job. Remember I am in the Adult Materials Copyright Review Department."

Boss: "Oh, right."

Re:Couple important bits (0, Offtopic)

JerkBoB (7130) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259848)

Call me a 'troll' a million times, but you *still* lack decent evidence OOP is objectively better

Is this a pun? I'm drunk as hell, so I'm not sure.

Harpoon I.P.A., you're my best friend.

Doubt it will happen... (2)

coene (554338) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259683)

Simply for the reason that the top exec's at Napster want to keep their names "clean". If they sell out to a porn company, regardless of their (lack of) future involvement, it will limit their opportunities in the future. It's really sad that this is how it works, but true nonetheless.

Selling WOULD be the best business decision, Napster is a dead name otherwise -- and this is a way to bring in some cash (to pay creditors, employees, whatever). Too bad the CEO's wont soil their names to prevent bankrupcy...

but its not the CEO's decision (2)

phriedom (561200) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259799)

ultimately, the owners/lenders/board members get to decide whom, what, and how much of Napster gets sold, and what the price is. Its the money people that have the final say, not the CEO, unless he is a majority owner. Those people are all for recovering as much as their losses as possible, and they are not going to be too worried about sullying the image of Napster, 'cuz its dead.

Yeah, that's a MUCH better business model.... (2)

zerofoo (262795) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259686)

"Private Media said it plans to use the Napster trademark to offer millions of adults worldwide the ability to swap adult-oriented content for free and to also gain access to "top quality" content at a reasonable price."

So one guy/gal buys the "top quality" stuff and then trades it to the rest of the Pornster users for free. How, exactly, does one make money this way?

-ted

Re:Yeah, that's a MUCH better business model.... (1)

J'raxis (248192) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259768)

"Making money" doesn't mean "squeezing every person who glimpses it for as much as possible." As long as someone can earn back more than they spent making a product, they're "making money."

Re:Yeah, that's a MUCH better business model.... (2)

Pfhor (40220) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259793)

Well, considering that they only have to deal with the hosting fees of the central servers, paying them for entrance onto the network (something similar to adultcheck or something) means that they will probably very low expenses. All the bandwidth for the data would be provided by the members, and they would just have to seed out the high quality stuff, and let it trickle down to the rest of the users.

Could make it a lot easier than trying to download porn movies off of kazaa or something like that.

I hope this works out (1)

artoo (11319) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259691)

Think about it for a second. There definitely are copyright issues, and it seems though there always has been and always will be newsgroups for getting this stuff (as well as music, movies, and all sorts of warez). But if this company can make a business model that increases sales for the pr0n they market (however they plan to do it), maybe the RIAA and MPAA will wake up and realize they can use this technology instead of trying to kill it off.

Though, even if this new "Napster" is successful, I doubt **AA organizations will try to get the consumers of their products what they want. They seem to be kinda dense in that respect.

It will make it as long as it has one small filter (1)

TrollsamaBinLaden (599568) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259694)

Check this box to filter out anything with Ron Jeremy or goatse.

It can be tough mentioning goatse and staying on topic you know.

Worse than MP3 theft (1)

Archon-X (264195) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259695)

I can forsee trouble ahead here. There's actually no such thing as public domain porn.

The penalties for illegal transfer of copyrighted porn are harsh, and in my experience, such litigation events are open-close-pay-lots-of-money to them affairs

Perhaps this will be like mplayer of old (1)

TrollsamaBinLaden (599568) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259751)

They may have a little built in app that has webcam streaming so people that want to do their best goatse imitation can sit around at their pc and watch. I saw some freaky stuff on mplayer before they started charging. Perhaps this is something they have in mind... a community of webcam shows and hell...they may jusy offer some nice hosting packing for the peeps that wanna show their booty at a higher quality and higher bandwidth. Oh never mind me, it's just an idea that hit me... and probably not quite on the mark. I just wonder where the money would be made in this.

I am so tired.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259728)

...i need a nap.

Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259734)

I could have sworn that Kazaa already did this. I mean, where else would a search for Mozart bring up porn other than on the Fasttrak network?

In your "zip" code... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259736)

Now they could charge the Amateur Pornographers for distribution of their "content" ... this could be the new business model.

Wanking.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259739)

Up to now, the RIAA's pursuit of Napster has been very much a wank..

Selling out to pr0n merchants really confirms this!!

technology (1)

Durin00 (530952) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259740)

...this just reaffirms that there is no technology that the porn industry cannot benefit from

I know a technology that noone benefits from (1)

TrollsamaBinLaden (599568) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259776)

I think its called .NET

Also...
I don't know about you but I think in the context of porn, micro and soft are usually bad things.

Whoa... (1)

rice_web (604109) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259774)

All I can say is, "w00t".

RIAA to P2P users, obligatory post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259790)

All your pr0n are belong to us!

Bug in the mix (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259791)


I signed up for this service that promised to let me grab porn from other members' machines.

However, it keeps coming back with nothing but their MS-Word documents.

This is silly (2, Insightful)

gedanken (24390) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259796)

Why pay for the naptser brand name? Yeah free publicity... but seriously if their service is at all usuable it will spread by word of mouth about as fast as word of a porn only napster would.

their new slogan (1)

EventHorizon (41772) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259812)

"why jerk off, when you can napsterbate?"

well, it sounded funny in my head, anyway.

Re:their new slogan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4259880)

hey that was funny!

May prove Napster model (5, Insightful)

fermion (181285) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259824)

It seems to me that this may validate Napster type services as a valid marketing tool. Napster was unable to do this with musics because the RIAA is unwilling to compete in the open market place. They, like sports teams, MS, and other monopolists, know that is often more efficient to purchase lawmakers than actually compete for market share.

OTOH, the porn industry, which may find it more difficult find (openly) sympathetic legislators, and has a much lower cost of entry, tends to compete vigorously. The porn industry does look for innovative methods to gain market share, to distinguish themselves from the other 600 business card size ads in Hustler. Sometimes this competition leads to Spam, other times it leads to extensive free content in newsgroups, or aggressively priced introductory offers.

Which means that Private Media Group may actually have the experience, motivation, and cash to make Napster work. This may provide a way to differentiate their product form their competitors. If they are successfull, it will be harder to argue that Napster's only use is for pirating, and further increase evidence that content monopolies are primarily concerned about loss of control.

napster to release a branded shareaza (maybe) (1)

havaloc (50551) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259858)

This may be totally crazy, but I've read in one [yahoo.com] or two places that Shareaza is releasing a branded Napster/Gnutella clone to be distributed from Napster.com

Its interesting because the creator of Shareaza when asked about this possible development [yahoo.com] said "I can't comment on that."

They could rename napster..... (0, Troll)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259860)

Pornster
Boner
Titty Factory
Hardon
Pussy
Vaiginer
Boneher

Just a few off the top of my head.

New name. (1)

NegativeK (547688) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259862)

Perhaps they should just skip the purchase of Napster, and just make a service called Nappy-Stare.

So, as I predicted... (4, Funny)

Mandoric (55703) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259885)

... They've finally created Fapster. =D

(reference to A!THL^WSexy Losers [sexylosers.com] ...)

Wait... (1)

Alari (181784) | more than 12 years ago | (#4259891)

You mean the guys who just spammed me? Um, great... =P

Alari
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