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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > U.S. Congress To Consider Bill Making Certain File Sharing Software Illegal

U.S. Congress To Consider Bill Making Certain File Sharing Software Illegal

U.S. Congress To Consider Bill Making Certain File Sharing Software Illegal

Added: Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:File Sharing, p2p, Torrent, Protocol, Illegal, United States, House Of Representatives, application, peers
This week the United States House Of Representatives, on half of the U.S. Congress, is set to contemplate a bill regarding how file sharing applications are allowed to operate. The bill, Informed P2P User Act (HR 1319), would make it illegal for programs designed for peer-to-peer protocols, to share files that the owner of the computer running the application, is not first asked and consented to share. What many do not realize, is that this is a direct attempt by the United States government, to intervene and "control" how and when a p2p open-source application operates.
The World

The outlandish part of this is not just that it's an assault against file sharing, that they actually believe someone whom is using one of these applications does not understand how it works. Again, this bill is an effort to modify how peer to peer communication works, and directly undermine it. They just decided to "clean coat" the bill to make it appear or sound as if they are trying to protect the privacy of p2p users. The know damn good and well, that by making it "illegal" for programs like Limewire, Frostwire, and many others to operate at it's current state, that it will open the gates to allow further prosecution of developers of file sharing protocols and applications.

Mary Bono Mack, a Republican party State Representative hailing from California (home of Hollywood ;) has introduced the bill which is intended to “prevent the inadvertent disclosure of information on a computer through the use of certain `peer-to-peer’ file sharing software without first providing notice and obtaining consent from the owner or authorized user of the computer.” She also continued, “Far too many people have no idea that they could be sharing all of their personal files and documents when popular peer-to-peer software is on their computer.” I'm pretty sure that 99.9% of applications allow you to select the directories in which you choose to share from, but Representative Mack stated that “computer users deserve to know, in fair and simple terms, about this potential security risk. This bill will empower individuals by making them aware and keeping them from inadvertently sharing their private information with complete strangers.” The only people this bill is empowering, are advocates pushing anti piracy measures, by allowing them to more easily take on the software developers in the courtrooms rather than just the peers.

Yes We Can!
The newly introduced legislation, is planned to force applications into showing the owners of the computers “clear and conspicuous notice that such a program allows files on the protected computer to be available for searching and copying by another computer, and to obtain the informed consent to the installation of such program from an owner or authorized user of the protected computer.” In other words, you must be readily acknowledge what files are going to be shared, and confirm it before doing so. This again, opens you, the user, into submission if ever facing trial, as first you gave consent that the files (possibly copyrighted files) were going to be shared via your PC and the p2p application. Finally with this bill, they can easily database what protocols and peers are sharing what files. Although the bill is not finalized, it poses a real threat to many open source projects available currently, and defines a new role that future developers must take into writing their applications.

The bill which is set into place for review in Congress this week, also would now make it illegal for any file sharing application, to block installation, block removal, or un-installation, of it's program. No doubt in my mind, that this is intended to require users to leave a "trace" that the application was in use or intended to be used, in case the person ever saw a day in court, they could use this as a prosecution tool to winning a case. Seems once again, the American government has allowed itself to be controlled by the master of puppets, the industry led propaganda machine, and the financial burdens that the revenue it brings in as tax dollars.

If this legislation is passed in effect as a law, then any person or company found in violation of the bill, would thus have to answer to the government, in a dispute with the Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices and this would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. More regulations and manipulations from a world power, hoping to continue to influence the world, as to why file sharing should become an outcast. Sadly, it seems to have a trickle down effect globally, as many other nations are attempting to push forth tough file sharing legislation, and copyright reform.

The only reform that needs to be done, is how the industry conducts itself and competes. Evolution of the industries of entertainment would no doubt have the ultimate effect in increasing sales. Many ISP's, which are being forced into submission of monitoring and cutting off service to those who are "allegedly" sharing copyrighted materials, are spending hundreds of millions of more dollars to combat the alleged illegal file sharing, than the industry itself is reported as losing annually to the sharing of copyrighted materials. So it costs internet service providers, software developers, and of course, tax payer funds, more money to combat this non existent threat, than the companies crying wolf are even losing? What an utter waste of time, energy, and money.

What We Think About Congress
Another downside to this, is it restricts to technology which is made in the United States. Meaning, that they only can continue to pressure and penalize upstart companies and developers who do not "obey" that make their products in the United States, thus encouraging them to patent their materials in other nations, rather than the United States. Great job USA, allow the rest of the world to advance beyond you, and restrict those trying to innovate technology within your own nation. What can I say? Not a very wise decision at all.

Conservative, Liberal, Independent, none of that matters. Once in office, those elected to represent the people, are not representing the people at all. They are representing the interests of major corporations, companies, and behemoth monopolies, rather than trying to advance the causes and struggles of the people of the great nations. Don't be a fool, when it comes time to vote, research the candidates, and if at all possible, attempt to elect an individual not representing one of the major political parties, as most major parties receive 90% of campaign contributions from the same industries that are trying to remove the rights of the people, for solely profit gain. Remember, the power is in your hand, and each of you have a voice.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Posted by:  Blocked
Date:  Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2009-09-30 19:13:18)
tank66 avatargreat read it will be bs if it happends great work for this read thanks for leting all know

posted by (2009-09-30 19:41:48)
Seedman avatarCool one. . nice read!!

posted by (2009-09-30 22:07:51)
JorgeMontana avatarI'm going to call my state House Representative and tell him to vote no on this bill.I think all American p2p users should call or email there Rep. we are a large group that can make a difference,let's kill this bs bill.

posted by (2009-09-30 22:38:51)
JorgeMontana avatarI just called and emailed my rep. I will get more people in Montana to do the same.If this bill makes the senate then i will call my senators.We can stop this bill ET.

posted by (2009-10-01 01:30:28)
BoXx avatarsick of the government acting like we are all idiots. just because they are a bunch of dumbasses doesnt mean we are. think its time for another boston tea party. you can only restrict your people so much...and they have surpassed that years ago. its a sad state of affairs...instead of more laws how about more freedoms

posted by (2009-10-01 07:54:17)
kingtiger01 avatar"sick of the government acting like we are all idiots. just because they are a bunch of dumbasses doesnt mean we are. think its time for another boston tea party. you can only restrict your people so much...and they have surpassed that years ago. its a sad state of affairs...instead of more laws how about more freedoms" i totally agree with you, i called and emailed my state rep.(which is more of a joke than believing congress meets everyone expectations!)

and it looks like this is going to be a long fight!

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun (2009-10-01 10:15:47)
texasguy avatarvery very good bout time for all people to stand up and speak to let the government know how we feel

posted by (2009-10-01 10:21:29)
XWAR avataryea soon they wana control our whole life :D

posted by Blocked (2009-10-01 12:43:22)
menahunie avatarKinda mind boggling that all these people who have no idea what they are "protecting" us from are busting their nuts on file sharing. Oh My God they are downloading movies Really? Interesting all this crazyness when these movies will be on the Boob Tube (TV) in about a year anyway. Hmmm I 've recorded them when I was at work; OH MY GOD. I just violated the DMA by setting my dvr to catch the show NOT. Seems this argument was the same damn thing when the Beta then the VHS recorders came out.
It was then decided to call it "Time Shifting". Allot of people now days don't use a stand alone DVR and yes still a VHS recorder to catch their shows. I use a HTPC; it does everything I need in one tidy package; watch movies rented from Block Buster or Netflix, TV, Play Games, Surf the internet, AND YES HOLY CRAP BATMAN used to to record my shows while I am at work.
There is that well know case of the woman who lost the second trial and was ordered to pay RIAA for downloading 24 songs... Her lawyers also DID NOT REALLY KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DEFENDING HER FROM. I was never dis proved she DID DOWNLOAD THE SONGS; if her lawyers had been smart they should have gone after the BS value claimed by the RIAA per song value. Like itunes who average download a song from 50 cents to a dollar; GET MY POINT. When lawyers defending p2p users start to make the MIPAA and RIAA prove the value they would stop. Imagine getting one of the sue you letters? Hey the person who gets one isn't burning copies and selling them at the flea market - yes some do and get busted real fast. THEN THE TRUE VALUE claims by the RIAA and the MPIAA goes straight in the toilet. since the value would most likely be the current box office ticket price as well as the current retail price on the market for a song as I previously mentioned. Same logic would apply to software; current market price. Say some gets busted and they go over the hard drive; find x-number pf software titles; how much is each title cost in a store?
In parting why not ask these "artists" how much of the money the MPIAA and the RIAA extorts from their fans get????? Think of all the many many of millions of dollars spent by the RIAA and the MPIAA in lobbying, lawyer fee's etc.... The only people benefiting out of all this is the lawyers..

posted by (2009-10-01 13:47:21)
altrntnam avatarthnx obs. i swear it was the best thing i ever did finding ET. this place keeps me up 2 date on this war 4 our freedoms better than any other site i know. i wouldn't even have known about this bill if it wasn't 4 ET. i probably wouldn't have heard about it until after it passed. as it stands, i've already contacted my state rep. and e-mailed everyone i know involved in p2p asking them 2 do the same. FIGHT THE ESTABLISHMENT!! LONG LIVE ET!!

posted by Site FriendKitty (2009-10-01 15:44:12)
aSBo avatarhey you guys over there stand strong don't take a large one up the butt like the French !

posted by Turtle (2009-10-01 17:45:51)
rockme55 avataryou know this is what was going to happen with a bunch of imbeciles running our Country things changed dramatically after Reagan left office what a shame from democracy to Socialism My motto is God Bless America And May God Damm the Politicians

posted by (2009-10-01 21:36:25)
phenac007 avatarawesome post OBS.

real mind boggling stuff, and nt jst this post everytime u put something out there its jst better than the previous one.

posted by (2009-10-06 00:58:43)
No avatarthe person who propose this bill is a total idiot. she just made herself look dumb. from what the article said she claims that in p2p sharing we might share the materials which are not meant to be shared to a total stranger? Common!!!! in p2p you need to check or uncheck the files you want to share. Dont talk when you know nothing of it!! I really hate these puppets.if ever this happen the open source software creator will die this will stop new and brilliant ideas. good stuff always comes from open source... to Mary Bono Mack please install p2p software first and practice using it and mybe you will know how it works...

posted by (2009-10-06 03:30:29)
archangelofsex avatarLadies and Gentlemen, before you fret have you ever heard of "feel Good legislation"? That's what this is, it is unenforceable on any large scale. Congress and it's pack of ivy league sycophants are impotent stop us. They can write all the babble they want and redefine words so they can twist the very meaning of them into what vile contortion they seek, but they can't stop us. They can abrogate the Constitution and butcher the Bill of Rights exchanging God given rights with Government bestowed privileges (See this Youtube video for details --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs7qIQ1VkEg&search=walker%20%2Bcc2) But there are too many of us, we are smarter than them and this is why regardless of what self serving drivel they pore out in a law, we have always ignored it. Because they do not represent us. They forsake what this country was meant to be and traded away our children's future (56 TRILLION IN DEBT AND COUNTING) for a few pieces of silver from trial lawyers, insurance companies, and the like.

As a matter of fact if I were them, I'd be looking over my shoulder a lot more in the future, because from time to time the Tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and Patriots.

posted by (2009-10-06 03:36:27)
xxVOIDxSURFERxx avatarGood Read, We the ppl are so often distracted from alot of issues being takin into a vote by congress, good to see somone putting the info out there where ppl would normaly never hear of it cause of our busy day to day lives. Let's face it, the media has as big if not bigger poltical obligation to lobbiers then politicians do. So getting fair and correct coverage is a long lost practice in journalism and was once considered a matter of duty. Very sad......

posted by (2009-10-07 04:32:45)
xxVOIDxSURFERxx avatarSry for the repost but i almost forgot,menahunie '' Think of all the many many of millions of dollars spent by the RIAA and the MPIAA in lobbying, lawyer fee's etc.... The only people benefiting out of all this is the lawyers..'' Not true because every victory they get in court is just another brick for the wall around p2p file sharing.

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