Items tagged "P2P"


PTO calls P2P a National Security Issue

March 5, 2007 DRM , P2P , Policy Blog

The Patent and Trademark Office has just released a report on filesharing programs and inadvertent information sharing. While the report itself takes on a subject that needs to be addressed (whether it does that well is the subject of another post), the report's foreward and the accompanying press release betray a panicky confusion of several different ideas.

The Director of the PTO, Jon Dudas, brings up copyright infringement and national security in the same breath:

A decade ago, the idea that copyright infringement could become a threat to national security would have seemed implausible. Now, it is a sad reality.

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Publisher: 7 Lessons for Online Media

August 4, 2006 Orphan Works , P2P , Piracy , Policy Blog

This post popped up in my RSS reader just now, which refers to an older 2002 article by Tim O'Reilly, entitled Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution).

Here are the bulleted headers–but please read the article for a better discussion.


  1. Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.

  2. Piracy is progressive taxation.

  3. Customers want to do the right thing, if they can.

  4. Shoplifting is a bigger threat than piracy.

  5. File sharing networks don't threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers.

  6. "Free" is eventually replaced by a higher-quality paid service.

  7. "There's more than one way to do it."

I just thought it was a good read and pertinent to PK's stance on letting the market work things out in copy-wars.

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Getting real about the Grokster case

February 8, 2005 News , News & Analysis , P2P

Over the next few months, the Supreme Court and–likely–Congress will resume a debate over rules that could determine whether consumers will continue to enjoy the benefits of many of the gadgets CNET covers.

The debate is specifically about what kind of legal liability–if any–technology manufacturers, financiers, Internet service providers, journalists and others should have if their actions "induce" another to commit copyright infringement.

By: Gigi Sohn, CNET

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