The IFPI aims to block all European P2P traffic

December 26, 2007

The IFPI aims to block all European P2P trafficThe International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, i.e. the group out to protect the rights of those in the music and recording industry, has set its sights on Europe in its latest attempt at defeating internet piracy. The IFPI recently presented the EU with recommendations intended to block both p2p traffic and access to sites that cater to p2p sharing.

According to the P2P Blog, the IFPI is recommending that the EU mandate ISPs use a filter on licensed peer 2 peer programs like Kazaa, completely block Gnutella and Bittorrent traffic, and also block access to sites that host such services (for example, The Pirate Bay).

Though we at Blorge don’t support piracy, there are some serious implications that can be drawn from these attempts to block P2P traffic, the largest of which is that, by blocking p2p traffic, they would be infringing on what can be very good uses of p2p traffic.

For instance, many instant messaging programs rely on p2p traffic for the transferring of files, many of which aren’t illegal. Is it right to block someone from transferring an excel spreadsheet for school to a fellow class member?

Furthermore, p2p protocols have many more uses that would be hindered by making a waving block of p2p traffic. Some are calling the IFPI’s petition, “an ill-considered and damaging quick fix.” That couldn’t be further from the truth.

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2 Responses to “The IFPI aims to block all European P2P traffic”

  1. isecore:

    Furthermore, p2p protocols have many more uses that would be hindered by making a waving block of p2p traffic. Some are calling the IFPI’s petition, “an ill-considered and damaging quick fix.” That couldn’t be further from the truth.

    Surely you mean that it actually IS the truth, that it IS an ill-conceived and damaging fix.

    Actually, it’s not a fix. It will create more problems than it solves, not that IFPI gives a rats ass about anything except their own narrow viewpoint.

    I don’t condone piracy either, but what IFPI and RIAA all ignore is that P2P is a tool, and a tool can be used for both good and bad. I know that a lot of legit stuff is distributed via bittorrent – many Linux-distributions endorse this.

    What’s next? Will we ban every tool out there (such as a hammer or a wrench or screwdriver) since they could potentially be used to hit someone in the head or gouge an eye out? It’s madness, and no one would suggest banning them, but banning P2P on very vague grounds, grounds initiated by greedy corporations who stubbornly refuse to adapt to the changes is not something that our descendants will remember fondly.

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