Yochai Benkler's Wealth of Networks served as a source of inspiration for the New Media Rights organization, studio, and website, and no doubt spurs on many advocates of new media. The Wealth of Networks discusses the implications of hundreds of millions, if not billions of people connected to the Internet who now have a chance to communicate, collaborate, and share their own thoughts and opinions as never before in history. Benkler points out that while new technologies enable a revolution of grassroots media that could compete with traditional media, the rise of this new culture is by no means a foregone conclusion. It is a thorough, academic journey into the cultural possibilties of new media, and the established industries and laws that threaten this development.
Copyright is a set of exclusive rights that regulate the use of a particular expression of an idea or information. At its most general, it is literally "the rights to copy" an original creation. In most cases, these rights are of limited duration. Find out more.
Bittorrent is the underlying filesharing and peer-to-peer software that allows the easy transfer of very large files through distributed networks. Bittorrent also provides a "client," which is software program that an end user can use to download files using the underlying bittorrent software.