The internet is the ultimate social tool. Whether it's the sharing of news or information, friends' photos, or music, its power is both extremely important and nigh-impossible to stifle (for every Napster taken down, two more will always pop up). The implications of this form of expression are far-reaching and essential to the evolution of human interaction. The sudden rise of P2P with the onset of Napster truly showed how drastic and quickly a good idea can take off online. The legal system is now constantly trying to keep up with the internet, usually two or three steps behind. Piracy is a hot-button issue in today's political environment, one that won't be going away anytime soon. The DMCA is constantly being challenged and hidden from all over the world, giving the United States what might seem like (to those paying attention) too much power over international matters. The issue is only spreading, with physical items finally being able to be downloaded in the form of 3D printing schematics ("You wouldn't download a car, would you?"), undoubtedly bringing with it new laws and regulations.
|One car, please.|