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P2P: People to Prison

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7/18/2003
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At last, someone has suggested how to make loadsamoney from peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. Unfortunately, the brainwave is that of Democratic Congressman John Conyers, and the potential cash pile of trillions of dollars would go into the national coffers and not onto service provider bottom lines, if he gets his way.

Conyers, and five other Democrats (but no Republicans), have introduced the Author, Consumer, and Computer Owner Protection and Security (ACCOPS) Act to the U.S. House of Representatives in an effort to brand P2P file-sharers as felons who could each be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Should this Act become law, anybody caught making copyrighted material available for download from a network will be deemed to have illegally distributed at least 10 copyrighted files within a 180-day period worth a total of $2,500, whether or not they really have done this. For the full text of the proposal, click here.

The measure would render the crime a felony under the Copyright Felony Act. Anyone found guilty would face a fine of up to $250,000 and a five-year stretch behind bars.

The targets of this proposed legislation are the people who upload files onto P2P networks and would mean that anyone simply adding a file to a P2P network could face felony charges.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which estimates that 60 million U.S. citizens are file sharers, is not impressed by the proposal. "Throwing the book at music swappers makes great political theater, but jailing 60 million music fans is not good business, nor does it put a single penny into the pockets of artists," states EFF staff attorney Jason Schultz in a prepared statement. Added EFF senior staff attorney Fred von Lohmann: "Proponents of this bill are casting aside privacy, innovation, and even our personal liberty as collateral damage in their war against file sharing."

But think of the money!! If the courts applied the maximum fine to all 60 million P2P users in the U.S., the government could collect $15 trillion, one third more than the entire U.S. gross domestic product in 2001.

That's more than enough to build prisons for all the file-swappers. In fact, there'd be enough left over to launch a fiber-to-the-prison program to enhance their P2P experience.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Editor, Boardwatch

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dcb1994
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dcb1994,
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12/5/2012 | 3:57:20 AM
re: P2P: People to Prison


The first lawsuit on copyrights infringing by P2P software at mainland, China, was reported yesterday.

Kuro is a web site company providing music share services with their P2P based software. According to its website logo, it provides downloading and sharing of more than half a million MP3 pop songs and other music, using a software named Kuro, which is reported to be developed by a Taiwan software company.

A music and culture company at Shanghai, Busheng, claimed that Kuro illegally spreads up to 59 songs, owned by them, without any payment and even notification.

P2P is a sort of excellent technical model to allow mass file downloading and sharing. The number of P2P based applications is keep a rocket growth, along with strong law dissention. A couple of countries are legislating to regulate the development and application of P2P sharing and downloading. In greater China region, first law suit on BT (the most famous file sharing software based P2P) was reported at HongKong at last year, where the defendants were sentenced guilty and put into prison for 3 months.

Although the P2P sharing companies are often harassed by legal issues, but nobody would like to overlook their potentials to impact the Internet. A recent acquisition report of VeryCD by Google betrayed the background business value of such P2P sharing platforms. VeryCD is the central government of the new-rich P2P sharing platform - eMule, where you can find numerous movies, songs, books, and other electronic media, sharing by those millions of eMulers.

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gea
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gea,
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12/4/2012 | 11:44:30 PM
re: P2P: People to Prison
...as part of Lucent's return-to-profitability plan all 40,000 of their remaining employees will be sent to Law School...
opticalweenie
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opticalweenie,
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12/4/2012 | 11:44:29 PM
re: P2P: People to Prison
It would seem to me that this would be one ideal way to balance the budget and pay down the national debt. I am surprized that dubbya hasn't suggested this, implemented concommitant with another tax cut!
weenie
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telebud,
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12/4/2012 | 11:44:27 PM
re: P2P: People to Prison
They wouldn't want me. Im too fat,ugly bald and
have a heart condition.
telebud
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telebud,
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12/4/2012 | 11:44:27 PM
re: P2P: People to Prison
I want a cell right next to Martha Stewart.
That way I can get good food and do some arts
and crafts.
Paul Andrews
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Paul Andrews,
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12/4/2012 | 11:44:27 PM
re: P2P: People to Prison
I think Dubbya is going to come up with a darn good idear, and have them swappers throwed in the army to go look for that there WMD!
telebud
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telebud,
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12/4/2012 | 11:44:27 PM
re: P2P: People to Prison
I want a cell right next to Martha Stewart at
least I would get good meals and mabey do some
good arts and crafts.
Paul Andrews
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Paul Andrews,
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12/4/2012 | 11:44:26 PM
re: P2P: People to Prison
Thas' O.K. We jus' need cannon fodder.
whyiswhy
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whyiswhy,
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12/4/2012 | 11:44:25 PM
re: P2P: People to Prison
Clinton was the most corrupt politicain in some time...these guys were his buddies and took notes...cash from the record and movie companies pouring in on this one...

http://www.people.fas.harvard....

-Why
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Sibylle,
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12/4/2012 | 11:44:20 PM
re: P2P: People to Prison

>They wouldn't want me. Im too fat,ugly bald and
>have a heart condition.
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To have a heart condition requires a heart. You have a heart you ? You a liberal !

Off with his head !!!
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