A few months back, when Senator Orrin Hatch was convinced by some wealthy backers that the real problem with P2P file sharing systems was that porn was available, we wondered how that was any different from the internet. There's lots of porn on the internet, but politicians aren't running around saying that we need to shut it down. But, because of some misleading statements by the entertainment industry, politicians are freaking out about the file sharing networks. If they do try to do something to shut them down, of course, the porn will just move elsewhere where it will be harder to shut it down. In fact, the porn already is elsewhere - as it has been all along. The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) is telling Senator Hatch that P2P porn is no worse than what's already available on the web. Hatch's original statement was based on a GAO report, but they're now saying that wasn't based on a comprehensive study, but tips that were sent in to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Only about 1.4% of those tips concerned P2P networks.
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