More accurately, the focus now rests on the limitations the University has placed upon downloading. While the University has written these new rules due to moral and legal issues, a representative from the popular program LimeWire insist that the enterprise is completely legal.
Greg Bildson, chief operating officer and chief technology officer for LimeWire, was quick to lay down what he sees as a misunderstanding.
"File-sharing is in no way illegal, but piracy is," he said.
It is this distinction that has his and similar companies confident that the future holds promise for the file-transfer industry.
According to Bildson, there are four main types of services that file transfer companies will be able to offer in the future.
First, they might provide free content -- in other words, non-copyrighted material distributed with full permission of the original artist.
The clients will also have the option of redefining their advertising, which could be similar to that of television and radio. In some cases, free trial software might be included with hopes of selling full products later.
A third choice is subscriber-based content. Content would be filtered to meet the standards of Digital Rights Management, which manages the restrictions placed on copyrighted material. Some providers have already begun offering this service.
Pay-per-view content is the final possibility.