P2P and Child Porn

By Deane Barker on September 10, 2003

P2P Taken to Task for Child Porn:

“Senators turned a critical eye to file-trading networks Tuesday in a hearing the explored the use of peer-to-peer services for the exchange of illegal pornography.

While no new legislation was introduced, the hearing, convened by the Senate Judiciary Committee, focused on increasing criminal exploitation of file-sharing technologies to distribute child-porn images.”

What’s remarkable here are some of the ridiculous methods they propose to fix this problem:

“Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) advocated finding a way to prohibit, perhaps on the basis of copyright law, the use of terms like ‘Pokemon’ or ‘Harry Potter’ in names of files containing pornographic images.”

Oh, yeah, that’ll stop it. Just force them to rename their files. Great plan.