In Australia, Kazaa was told that they were bad boys, and were ordered to make their program not so theft-friendly.
This is all well and good. This is also a case of whack-a-mole.
If your house is being robbed, and you call the police, and they say, “Well, tell them we’ll send a SWAT team to blow them away next September,” this is not likely to deter any of the thieves too much.
Killer snails, that’s what we have now.
Over the course of the last week, we’ve seen televised pictures of people, perhaps some thousands looting in New Orleans for a few days, with police just looking on, and sometimes even participating, and many have been outraged
Well, tens of millions of P2Pers have been looting for years, and outside of a few token events, the police just watch, and if they aren’t looting too, odds are their kids are.
The issue isn’t so much the actual looting, but just how much respect for the police or law do you think the looters are going to have, and not just in the area of music?
Talk about being lax on crime! No wonder why the Hollywood folks are demanding DRMing no matter what the cost.
It’s not like the police are protecting them.
The Geek Cindy Sheehan?
The P2Pers appear to be grasping for straws. Apparently, they want to make Patricia Santangelo the Cindy Sheehan of the P2P movement.
She’s being branded as a hero out to take on the evil corporations to win the right to P2P free of harassment.
This is complete nonsense. Ms. Santangelo is doing no such thing. All she and her lawyer are claiming is that she can’t be sued for actions taken by others on her computer.
This is by no means the same as claiming that P2Ping ought to be legal. Even if a judge finds that she personally isn’t accountable, that makes P2Ping not the least bit more legal.
The issue Ms. Santangelo is bringing up is one of liability, not legality. If a court finds she can’t be sued for what her friend’s kid did, all that means is that the friend’s kid (and probably, his or her parents) will be sued instead. Period.