The 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.