Thursday, January 15, 2004

Senator Plans P2P Summit: "U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman plans to convene a peer-to-peer (P2P) summit within the next two months in hopes of avoiding a federally mandated response to online piracy. The Minnesota Republican said the answers to protecting copyrighted material are more likely to be found through technological innovation rather than passage of more laws."

"Tom Steward, Coleman's communications director, told internetnews.com, 'solutions are being developed in the private sector but not all the parties are talking with other. We want to get everyone in the same room.' Steward said Internet service providers (ISP), hardware and software executives, P2P companies, entertainment industry leaders, technology experts, privacy advocates, academics and entrepreneurs will be invited to the Washington roundtable to discuss the issue."

"'In 1998, Congress passed legislation that was intended to protect the entertainment industry and copyrights,' Coleman said last Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. 'Yet, within less than five years, the legislation was bypassed by technology. With the advent of technology such as peer-to-peer networking, law, technology and ethics are now not in synch. We need to find other ways to solve the problems rather than issuing lawsuits and lobbying Congress to pass tougher laws.'"

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