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Politicians Blame P2P Software For Not Stopping Gov't Employee Stupidity

from the no,-seriously dept

Would you elect as your Congressional representative someone who blamed automakers because a bad driver crashed a car through his or her own negligence? Would you elect as your Congressional representative someone who claimed that email was a threat to national security because it can (and has) been used by spies to transmit confidential data? Probably not. Why? Because that's clearly misplaced blame. However, it appears that we have elected Congressional representatives who have made an almost identical argument and stick by it when it's pointed out how ridiculous it is. A bunch of our representatives are pushing for laws against file sharing networks claiming that file sharing is a national security threat. Why? Because some idiot government employees, against gov't regulations and policy, installed file sharing networks on their computers and then screwed up the installation to make confidential files available via P2P. Yes. Because government employees are stupid and disobeying rules, file sharing system providers must be punished. This is based on an equally poorly argued USPTO report from a few months ago that incorrectly blamed P2P networks for gov't employees stupidity.

In the meantime, while this magical law is being written, (and we can't wait to see the law that will somehow punish P2P software providers in a way that prevents gov't employee stupidity), many Congresscritters teamed up to scold the head of file sharing software firm Limewire. Rep. Jim Cooper accused Limewire's CEO of being naive (amusing, since Cooper doesn't appear to understand what he's talking about) and claiming that Limewire provided the "skeleton keys" to accessing material that harms national security. If that's true, then it's equally true that any internet provider is providing similar skeleton keys. And any search engine. Plus any computer maker. Or any telephone maker or service provider. They're all about as equally guilty as any P2P provider. Yet why isn't Cooper harassing any of their executives? Cooper goes on to demonstrate his complete ignorance of what's going on by saying: "you seem to lack imagination about how your product can be deliberately misused by evildoers against this country." That's laughably wrong. The misuse isn't by so-called "evildoers." It's by gov't employees who are disobeying policy and stupidly revealing confidential documents by misusing the software. Rep. Darrell Issa then warned Limewire that it may find itself legally liable if someone were stupid enough to share their tax returns via Limewire. Does this mean if I were so stupid to post my tax returns to Blogspot that I could sue Google? Technically, that's no different than Issa's argument. This is yet another case where politicians want to regulate a technology they don't understand.

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    Wade Wilson, 26 Jul 2007 @ 6:52am

    The system has failed

    The political system, as we know it, has failed. The politicians are corrupt to the point of it's not for the people, by the people. It REALLY is for the business by way of screwing the people. There needs to be a flushing of all political figures in the places of power and reinstate the original plan of the founding fathers.

    This entire thing is a ploy by the RIAA/MPAA and the politicans they have in their pockets. "OH MY GOD!!! People aren't paying for our highly overpriced garbage!! How will we survive with only 20 million per year instead of our previous 80 million?? We'll be poor!!!" Horseshit!! It used to be said that the sharing of files hurt the artists, when they only get pennies per CD purchased. Their real income is playing live, going on tour, and license merchandise (as well as right's payments for authoring the music when it's played by radio stations and such).

    So, when they said that the software was installed, they are full of shit because it's not something that just appears on the computer. Damn dumb bastard politicans! If you don't have more common sense and intelligence than the common piss-ant, then you should be shot, end of discussion.

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