Politicians Legally Discouraged From Sharing Music

from the RIAA-lawsuits-got-you-down? dept

While so many laws that are passed seem to have special exemptions for politicians, here’s one that’s directed right at them. The House has passed a bill “discouraging” government bureaucrats from using file sharing systems. Basically, it says that federal agencies should take some effort to stop people from using P2P technologies. They’re not necessarily doing this to prevent them from being hit with an RIAA lawsuit (now, wouldn’t that be fun?), but because they’re worried about the security issues. This seems like a bit of an overreaction – since there are plenty of legitimate uses for file sharing, and the systems can be set up in a secure way. Just because some Congressmen don’t think federal agencies have smart enough IT staff, doesn’t mean the technology should be thrown out completely.

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