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Re: [dvd-discuss] The power of a click

On Sun, 2 Dec 2001, Steve Stearns wrote:

> theater.  The legislature has realized that prosecuting everybody who
> shares a file on Gnutella is completely beyond their capabilities.  The

Oh, I don't know if I'd say this...

In 1997, there were about 700,000 marijuana arrests in the United

Gnutella may have more than 700,000 users, but marijuana is merely one
drug. I'd say tha the courts probably are up to dealing with a potential
of a million possible cases/year. Also throw in [2], which shows that if
you remove about 5% of the hosts in a gnutella network, 2/3 of what they
consider their problem goes away.

The belief that the internet is whack-a-mole doesn't seem to be supported
by the statistics accrured by the war on drugs.

Governments have historically done amazing things to millions of their own
population; the last 50 years are full of examples. Look at Stalin, Mao
Tse Tung, or Hitler's Holocaust.

By that same token, myself, as a computer scientist and researcher, must
face the fact that control and censorship may come to what I do. Much
like the right-to-read short story. [3]


[1] http://www.mpp.org/arrests/prisoners.html
[2] http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue5_10/adar/
[3] http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.html