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peer to peer sharing the essence of the open net

Hello Professor Nesson,

Your case was being discussed on slashdot and one poster brought up the
RIAA propaganda at the beginning of most films comparing downloading to
theft of cars and handbags etc. He made the point that they are tainting
the jury pool with lies and even suggested the possibility of sanctions
against them.

I don’t know if that’s realistic, but the post is here:
I hope it helps in some way.

Rohan Walsh

Copyright laws threaten our online freedom

By Christian Engström

File-sharing occurs whenever one individual sends a file to another. The only way to even try to limit this process is to monitor all communication between ordinary people. Despite the crackdown on Napster, Kazaa and other peer-to-peer services over the past decade, the volume of file-sharing has grown exponentially. Even if the authorities closed down all other possibilities, people could still send copyrighted files as attachments to e-mails or through private networks. If people start doing that, should we give the government the right to monitor all mail and all encrypted networks? Whenever there are ways of communicating in private, they will be used to share copyrighted material. If you want to stop people doing this, you must remove the right to communicate in private. There is no other option. Society has to make a choice.

morning walk before joel’s deposition


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