If you spend any time online at all, you’ll probably read lots of opinion and speculation on the web this week regarding Jason Kottke’s legal tangle with Sony. On his widely-read website, Jason posted some leaked information about the eventual end of Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jenning’s record-setting winning streak, including an MP3 of the final minutes of the show. Sony wasn’t pleased, and asked for the material to be removed. Jason complied, but apparently the legal troubles are not over yet.
There’s already an awful lot of punditry, so I’ll just say this: anyone who reads Jason’s site with any regularity (and I do) knows that he’s a big fan of the Jeopardy!/KenJen phenomenon. I find it hard to believe that Jason posted the leaked info to damage Sony. More likely he posted it because it was exciting and fun, and wanted to share it with other KenJen obsessives. This happens all the time in every form of media. Word gets out, secrets are leaked, and yet: millions of dollars still manage to exchange hands.
What it basically boils down to is entertainment companies harrassing fans for being fans. And that is no way to win fans. Sound familiar?