#98520, By Moonbender crack down on kazaa???

  • Moonbender 28 Jun 2003 16:13:20 407 posts
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    Hm. I don't see how that would change anything. Also, since distributing copyrighted material is more problematic than acquiring it, they don't have to catch people in the act of downloading anything.
    They just have to search Kazaa and note down the IPs of those people offering files (after downloading something from them to verify they are in fact offering copyrighted material). Getting those IPs is trivial, and in the USA (and soon, Europe) they are enough to force the ISP to give out someone's personal information.

    Personally, I'm not sure where this will lead. The process is simple enough to be automated in big parts, especially since the US policy is to please the industry associations in every possible way in this respect. Obviously, they can't kill Internet piracy, but that's not their intent. They want to scare people away from using P2P software, and thus this is a media strategy as much as a legal one - if people get the impression that using P2P software carries a certain threat of getting you into legal trouble, that'll likely deter a lot of casual folks. The fact that the chance is pretty remote and that new anonymous P2P techniques will make them even more slimmer could very well not make it into mainstream knowledge.
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