venture beat is reporting today that facebook has removed ‘audio’, a music sharing application, from its platform because the application violates music copyrights as well as facebook’s own developer terms of service. for the uninitiated,
Audio allowed users to upload audio files in the mp3 format, share them with each other and listen to them within Facebook.
while the move is significant for facebook and social networking sites in general (as discussed in the venture beat article), it’s not nearly as significant as it should be for pownce. in case you didn’t see nytimes get down on its knees earlier this week, here’s the kicker:
What struck me most was the site’s potential to be powerfully disruptive. Most file-sharing occurs on public sites, which can be monitored by media companies; if the users violate copyrights, the sites or the users themselves can be threatened into compliance or litigated out of existence (as happened with the original Napster). File-sharing on Pownce would be difficult to police.
the remark, of course, is entirely idiotic. it’s incredibly easy to monitor file-sharing on pownce (as easy as adding all the users as friends and monitoring their activity). if kevin is smart, he will learn from mark and curb this file-sharing activity on pownce now (which is obviously being used to share copyrighted music), rather than face litigation in the future. the problem though, is that without the file-sharing features, pownce becomes just another microblogging tool.