Fears of a Tech Pioneer

As the chief scientist at Sun Microsystems, I have long appreciated the power of networking and of peer-to-peer file-sharing systems such as Napster. And I understand both the Internet ethos that whatever technology makes possible is inevitable and the vague precept that content should be (or will inexorably be) free.

But it bothers me. I'm not a lawyer, but it sure feels like Napster is in the middle of violations of copyrights on a large scale and that this is not a good thing. (I say this despite the fact that I have, through a venture capital firm in which I...

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