Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot



Meditations, comments, gossip and other tidbits about technology.

July 2, 2003

Most of the MP3s I've downloaded over the years are live, bootlegged or unreleased versions of songs by artists that I really like. So, I was intrigued to read that REM has given its blessing to a file trading network that distributes bootlegs, unreleased and other obscure versions of their songs.

There's a bit of faffing about you have to do to get started--download and configure the WinMX client--but it was pretty straight-forward. And it works as advertised. For example, as I type this, I'm downloading 'What's the Frequency, Kenneth?' from the 1995 concert that I attended. I love it when I find recordings of concerts I've actually been to. I went away disappointed with that show, so now I can see if my feelings were well-founded.

Apparently there are 15 volunteers who monitor the network to remove released, copyrighted material. I did a search for 'Find the River', turning up over a 100 live versions and maybe 10 copies of the album version. That's not bad, but they've got more work to do.

What they should do is implement a voting system, which enables users to vote 'against' copyrighted material. If enough votes were accrued, that file/user/IP would be removed from the network.

UPDATE: Apparently U2 has a similar database at http://www.u2bloodredsky.com/.

1:33:27 PM        Internet Music Technology