However, as long as the investor bucks pour in, the capitalistic bet is that they will prevail against the status quo. It won't be victory of technology. It will be a matter of what seems like it will generate a superior return on investment.
In Germany, reports Bloomberg, Taxi Deutschland Service Gesellschaft fuer Taxizentralen eG won a ruling to ban Uber from conducting business in that country. That's because its drivers don't have the permits to carry passengers, as required by German law. Those permits cost the establishment taxi drivers about $262,500. Here is the coverage in Bloomberg.
In the U.S., lodging middleman Airbnb has been having a battle royal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. It recently caved and agreed to hand over some data about hosts. However, then it has been hammered by more legal action by 21 of those hosts who contend a violation of privacy. That lawsuit has temporarily halted the hand-off of the information. Here is coverage of those developments on this blog.
To predict the future, observe where the smart money is going. As Bloomberg points out, Uber investors include Goldman Sachs Group and Google Ventures. That capital equips Uber to fight the legal battles it needs to and to reconfigure its operations to conform when it has to cave.
An interesting documentary would focus on the legal mazes the sharing economy has been navigating - and still looks like it will win out over the established order, in myriad categories.