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Old 01-20-2005, 08:13 AM   #1
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Default P2P Software writers = responsible?

A bill introduced in California's Legislature last week has raised the possibility of jail time for developers of file-swapping software who don't stop trades of copyrighted movies and songs online.

The proposal, introduced by Los Angeles Sen. Kevin Murray, takes direct aim at companies that distribute software such as Kazaa, eDonkey or Morpheus. If passed and signed into law, it could expose file-swapping software developers to fines of up to $2,500 per charge, or a year in jail, if they don't take "reasonable care" in preventing the use of their software to swap copyrighted music or movies--or child pornography.

Peer-to-peer software companies and their allies immediately criticized the bill as a danger to technological innovation, and as potentially unconstitutional.

"State Sen. Murray did not choose to seek out the facts before introducing misguided legislation that effectively would make criminals out of many companies that bring jobs and economic growth to California," Mike Weiss, CEO of Morpheus parent StreamCast Networks, said in a statement. "This bill is an attack on innovation itself and tax-paying California-based businesses like StreamCast depend on that freedom to innovate."

The bill comes as much of the technology world is waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on the legal status of file-swapping technology....
More in the link. Would set some incredible precedent if it actually flew.
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:27 AM   #2
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p2p writers are repsonsible for the millions of filesharers about as much as beer companies are responsible for the deaths in drunk driving accidents.
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:28 AM   #3
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What's next, charging Smith and Wesson with murder? Don't really seem fair to hold companies responsible for the actions of abusers. Next time that Senator gets a headache, he should cut his head off and see how that works.
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:39 AM   #4
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But if he cuts his head off then Ginsu is liable.
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:01 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Oakinbier
But if he cuts his head off then Ginsu is liable.
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Old 01-20-2005, 10:30 AM   #6
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Three cheers for Ginsu.
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