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Alan Toner

Free Distro: Distributing independent films and other large media files   VIDEO 


The highly modular nature of large music and video files create ideal conditions for the emergence of peer-produced communities of distribution. So far online file-sharing has been dominated by the same works -- marketed and merchandised -- that achieve success in the orthodox market. Freedistro promotes a user-built infrastructure of storage and bandwidth for the production and distribution of independent audio-visual works via file-sharing and collaborative media systems.


    Toner studied law in Trinity College Dublin and New York University, where he is now a Fellow in the Information Law Institute, with a special interest in the countervailing impact of peer processes and information enclosure on cultural production and social life. He is a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective, and joint administrator of the discussion site and sometime translator of critical texts from Italian and French.


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