by Mike Masnick

P2P Porn Is Not The Problem

from the well,-duh dept

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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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Dec 2003 @ 8:27am

    what next? here's what:

    a study connecting P2P port with sexual violence (AKA rape), al la Edwin Mese under the Regan regi.. uh, administration.

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    Tony Lawrence, 13 Dec 2003 @ 10:33am

    What's porn?

    What I don't like about all this stuff is the lumping together of sex and violence.

    I'm all in favor of shutting down sites that portray violence, whether it is sexual or not.

    But nudity and sex by themselves are not the awful, harmful things people like Orrin Hatch say they are. Most every single adult has sexual relations and sees other nude people regularly - it's not harmful, and in fact it's healthy.

    It would be a lot easier to eliminate the violence if it weren't all lumped together..

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      Anonymous Coward, 14 Dec 2003 @ 12:32am

      Re: What's porn?

      I don't know if it's really possible with fetish pr0n.

      I've run across some stuff on P2P networks that I *never* ran across on the web that wasn't necessarily violent but was clearly fscked in the head with respect to "normal" male/female relationships (sexual or otherwise).

      ...of course some of this comes straight out of the differences between how men and women are wired and what happens when you take these differences to Nth degree at the most base level.

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