Friday, August 05, 2005

Just a thought

It used to be, here in America, that if software *could* be used for something legal, then it was ok. The trend is quickly becoming if it might be possible for one person to do something illegal with it, its slienced.

I'm talking mainly about P2P file sharing, but I think it applies to more than just downloading movies/music.

Entire companies, web sites, and applications are being shutdown or banned or blocked because a few of the users are getting caught being stupid. Case for or against piracy aside, blaming the people that enable legitimate sharing for a few thieves is like blaming smith & wesson when someone gets shot.

Recently legislation was passed limiting the amount of damages that gun manufacturers can be assessed in wrongful death suits. Shouldn't this same mentality apply to software? Such a ruling seems to be a complete reversal of the grokster ruling. It seems that common sense only applies when your agency/group can afford to bully the government.

If you'd like to read more, there's an article on wired today dealing with this subject.

Happy reading!

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