[I]As long as the P2P companies can prove that the programs in question have a perfectly legal use, then the movie and music industry have no chance. [/I] This is the core issue and it also speaks to why the tobacco companies were doomed, while the admittedly dangerous alcohol industry, like P2P has not as much to worry about. Tobacco was destined to lose, because even if you used their product as designed, it will kill you from it’s use and not from abuse. There is no safe way to enjoy tobacco. In other words, alcohol abuse will kill, but a glass of red wine in actually beneficial, even a bottle or two of dark beer a night is good for you according to many studies. Same logic goes for P2P, as you say it has many legal uses, and the only time it runs afoul with the law is when the end user abuses/misuses the product, which is beyond the control of the creators. This is why now we see the feeble attempt to show the Supreme Court that the programmers could, if they wanted, create a program that made it impossible to share illegal content. My challenge to the industry of entertainment is to explain why their programmers cannot stop the copying of their precious content. It can’t be done either that’s why. It’s time they left the legal scene and accept the world for what it is. It is also time they quit upsetting customers and industry innovators with their annoying DRM schemes.
[edited by Crabbyappleton on 23.01.2005 17:50]