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[ NNSquad ] Re: Moderation policy (and previous message from Brett Glass)

Launching a DoS (denial of service) attack is already illegal. If Brent
wants to lump P2P into that category, a great way to test his argument
would be to attempt to have his users prosecuted and see if a judge/jury
thinks his argument is "over the top".

Any network can be "bombed" via any protocol (i.e. ICMP floods). The
problem is most certainly the traffic and not the protocol. Pirated
content distribution could migrate back to HTTP/FTP/NNTP and have
effectively the same load on the network as a whole. That is, if the
same number of people would keep sharing.

The problem is that people want to share data at full capacity 24/7. The
fact that P2P makes that easy does not change the fact that the users
are to blame for traffic congestion, not the data on the wire.   


Brett Glass wrote:
> At 10:38 PM 3/11/2008, Lauren Weinstein wrote:
>> In respect to Brett's "airliner bomb" message, I called his comment
>> "interesting" -- and sent it through -- not because I thought it had
>> any validity (obviously I think it's a ridiculous comparison) but
>> because it demonstrates the depth of emotion that gets tangled up in
>> these topics, especially when persons' feel that possible changes in
>> the regulatory landscape might negatively affect their livelihood.  
> Yes, I know that to some who don't operate networks for a living the 
> analogy might seem "over the top." But it's not. Just as a bomb is 
> destructive and can hurt innocent people, P2P is destructive to networks
> and hurts innocent users. And, yes, there can be harm to life and limb, 
> because people rely on VoIP to serve as their telephone. I worry, day 
> and night, that if I don't provide absolutely reliable service someone 
> will be hurt and that I will be held liable. This is no joking matter;
> networks MUST be reliable.
> --Brett Glass