It’s been quoted by most American politicians for the last 10 years as the reason America needs to get tough with the P2P community.
It’s interesting that the United States only became a signatory to the convention on March the 1, 1989, a mere six months after the first news story surfaced about Echelon in 1988 (scroll down to the August 18 entry).
In other words, prior to that date, the United States didn’t recognise the validity of Intellectual Property outside its borders.
With its penetrative Deep Packet Inspection policies, implemented initially through Echelon, then via triplet encryption keys in windows, and now Ak — and some hardware vendors — it could be argued the US still doesn’t recognize the value of Intellectual Property, except where it pertains to the wealth and well being of its natives, office holders or corporate entities.
Many wonder why the European Parliament is concerned about Intellectual Property protection (ACTA).
An article from ZDNet explains part of the nature of the problem »»»
Duncan Campbell’s Scientific and Technical Options Assessment (STOA) April 2000 report to the European Union entitled Interception Capabilities 2000 states that those governments implicated in Echelon routinely monitor commercial communications. This report also states that in the US a process was developed “whereby NSA data could be used to support commercial and economic interests.”
The US didn’t count on hundreds of thousands of young hackers finding extraordinary methods of obfuscating, encrypting and misleading DPI into not being able to read the commercial data therein.
Therefore it had no choice. It had to drag in the RIAA.
Our guess is that the conversation went something like this »»»
Now look here RIAA. Our economy is going to go belly up unless you can convince the world to stop using P2P.
How can we compete against the whole world unless we can read their confidential business plans?
We’ve fixed Microsoft Windows, but we just can’t get into that open source Linux stuff.
You guys created this mess by suing Napster. Now fix it. And you can’t tell them that it’s because we can’t read their emails to each other. You have to come up with another reason.
For countries to continue to kowtow to US demands to criminalise intellectual property sharing, they must demand that Echelon data be freely shared with all signatories to the Berne convention.
And if the US really is more concerned with illegal file sharing than it is with snooping on the world’s population, it will of course immediately comply.
In other words, the USA should clean up in its own backyard before it can justify its pontification attitude to foreign Governments.
The first thing to remember is: friends don’t spy on friends.
Wake up world – smell the coffee!
The US stance on Intellectual Property protection is “Do as I say, not as I do”.
Does anyone else see a problem with this?
Or am I all alone on this little island.
Tom Koltai – p2pnet
[Koltai is an economist in Sydney Australia. He's says he's been online for 26 years, has run several ISPs and, "lobbied governments in four countries to prevent Internet restrictive usage legislation from being enacted". He says he's a strong believer in P2P, "as being a technological requirement to fully exploit the convergence of telephony with computers and remove the last barriers to human communication and interaction".]
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