Pending P2P bill crossing the line?

By on May 6, 2009, 8:21 AM
A hearing was scheduled Tuesday by the US House of Representatives, to determine the need of a law that would require peer-to-peer (P2P) software to warn users that their files may be shared. The focal point of the hearing is expected to involve a bill introduced by Rep. Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack in March, titled the “Informed P2P User Act.” While the bill’s primary target is P2P software, there is speculation that its grasp could ripple out to other frequently used software.

The proposed act will emplace a set of rules that deem it “unlawful” for P2P applications to share files unless a series of notification prompts haunt users. The rules state that consent to a “clear and conspicuous notice” regarding the P2P software’s features would have to be made during installation. Additionally, the program must repeat the cycle of notice-and-consent each time it’s executed. Mack’s vague definition of P2P software is interpreted as any application which allows files to be marked for transfer, transferred and received.

While the bill’s description of P2P applications is accurate, does it not envelope countless other aspects of computing? CNET notes that every copy of Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X sold in recent times incorporates a command-line FTP client which fits the definition. Are Apple, the Free Software Foundation and Microsoft all going to be tagged for “unlawful” practices? Where do Web browsers and IM services stand?




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ranger12 said:
Pending P2P bill crossing the line?If its anything like the majority of bills that come out of congress then, yes, it definitely crosses the line...
tengeta said:
Guess every time we open our email in the future we are going to have to know our friends may be sending STOLEN PRON CLIPS.Oh teh noes.
Relic said:
This seems to vague to me and as pointed out in the article will it go beyond P2P? This would be ridiculous if it goes beyond P2P having to consent every transfer from and to different destinations. And since the internet is global, how are they even going to enforce this? Foreign developers must comply or they can't sell/make the product available here in the US? While I can understand there intention, technology and politicians don't mix well so please stop.
Emin3nce said:
OH NOEZ MY FILES ARE GETTING SHARED AND MY ILLEGAL MUSIC IS ILLEGAL????but seriously, can they add in that it has to state "Chews your bandwidth" so that all the dumb asses out there stop ringing their IT guy complaining that 30gb file used up their 10gb/mo connection...
tengeta said:
Wow, I didn't even realize that initially. I guess its User Account Control for The Internet.
Matthew said:
[b]Originally posted by Relic:[/b][quote]While I can understand there intention, technology and politicians don't mix well so please stop.[/quote]I think this just about sums it up :):"Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got...an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday. I got it yesterday [Tuesday]. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially....And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material." -- Ted Stevens, former Alaskan Senator
phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by Matthew:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by Relic:[/b][quote]While I can understand there intention, technology and politicians don't mix well so please stop.[/quote]I think this just about sums it up :):"Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got...an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday. I got it yesterday [Tuesday]. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially....And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material." -- Ted Stevens, former Alaskan Senator[/quote]Dude, that's completely hilarious!I thought you have made it all up until I checked it out. Now I am lost for words.[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Series_of_tubes[/url
Matthew said:
...I only wish I made it up :(.
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