Simon le Bon Posted over 2 years ago Do we really need an entertainment industry any more? (you'll have to forgive my odd way of expressing myself, English isn't my native language) There are a few benefits of an industry, but not in the way/manner it operates now. I think it all comes down to the intellectual property. I have a hard time to accept the concept of intellectual property, cos I believe everything should be shared. I think that once the industry loosens up and accepts that sharing is in peoples nature we will be getting to a workable situation. Napster was revolutionary and I think you could develop a proper busines model on the Napster concept. Just imagine a central portal on the internet where all media could be found. With media I mean music, movies etc. All users up- and download stuff (i.e. using a bittorent like protocol), so bandwidth wouldn't have to be n issue. Here is the main condition: 'Old' (which is relative) stuff should be shared freely and for the latest releases one should pay. So, for a song/album/movie etc. which is brand new, you pay a few $, but after a period of time (i.e. year) it's free. Same with movies, i.e. one or two years after it's release it's free. One could also think about adding a donate possibility for the 'older' stuff. The donation should directly go to the artist (or his representative). It all comes to trusting people and adjusting the copyright laws. However, the biggest problem would be the industry, who won't agree to the adjustment the copyright laws.