|Received:||11/14/2004 10:18:14 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Notice Announcing Public Workshop and Requesting Public Comment and Participation|
|Docket ID:||Not yet available|
Comments:Regulating p2p software won't work because it is impractical. The software itself is not very complex to write, and there are lots of projects with the source-code to their applications available (giFT, shareaza, dctc, bitTorrent and others). Control of these is impractical because they are not made by companies, but by individuals working in their spare time. <p> Control of these is also undesireable because legitimate uses of file-sharing technology are becomming more common. Linux cd-images are regularly distibuted by bitTorrent. Artists who release their work under Creative Commons liscenses use these systems to get their work out and known. Copyright law already provides recourse for copyright holders, and regulating p2p software would hurt legitimate users as well as copyright violators.