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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

"Technology is neutral."

I believe this axiom came from the 1984 Sony Betamax case. I believe that it applies now, as with P2P clients such as Blubster, Limewire, and KaZaA. How they are used is another story to be written at another time. But the fact remains - producers of music, movies and television are trying their best to portray the developers of P2P technology as purveyors of piracy who should be held accountable for their activities (even though they have done nothing wrong).

If this contention is true, then shouldn't also the developer of PGP be held accountable for complicity to terrorism (since terrorists are known to transmit communiques using the popular encryption software)? Certainly no one could blame PGP for facilitating violence against the Western world, could they? Hopefully, common sense prevails in these cases against P2P developers.


.: posted by Dave 1:03 PM

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