California Senator Pretends That Laws Can Stop File Sharing
from the good-luck-with-that-plan dept
You knew it couldn’t be that long until politicians looked at the file sharing issue as a nail for their particular legislative hammer. California Senator Diane Feinstein has apparently been convinced by those in the entertainment industry who have donated quite a bit of money to her campaign. She’s saying that there’s been “rise in peer to peers” since the Grokster decision. First of all, it’s not clear what a “rise in peer to peers” means. But, assuming she means that more people are using file sharing since the Grokster decision, it would be interesting to see where she got that data — especially since most of the stories keep talking about how these file sharing companies have been running scared since the decision. However, her opinion is that she needs to put forth legislation to outlaw these “peer to peers.” Considering what appears to be a weak grasp of what the actual issue is, it seems like any such legislation will be quite problematic. Even more importantly, at what point do people realize that “outlawing” these things won’t stop them at all? In fact, the Grokster decision (and the Napster one before it) is simply driving users towards more underground systems already. Instead of coming up with silly laws to protect a particular constituent, why aren’t politicians encouraging those industries to innovate and come up with new business models that involve giving people what they clearly want? Update: Also worth reading: eDonkey’s President’s remarks to the committee concerning what they should do about file sharing.