WashingtonPost.com: File-Sharing: A National Security Threat?

The makers of peer-to-peer file sharing software such as Limewire are no strangers to controversy. Hollywood has been battling file-sharing over the Internet for years as a way to curb music and video piracy. But now, Congress is back in the debate, alleging that P2P software can pose a “national security threat.”

This was the opening paragraph from a blog posting on the Washington Post’s IT section. Interesting that in the article written by Sam Diaz, the US government is talking about trying to take additional action to try and stop the evil culprits who are pirating music. Now, I’ll admit that I’m all for allowing file sharing and I DON’T DO IT (just to absolve myself from any liability, if this even accomplishes anything), but there needs to be a way for us common folks to receive music from our favorite artists without having to deal with paying $11.99 or even $9.99 per CD for the whole album…and before you comment and say “what about iTunes?”, let me drive this blog in another direction.

The issue I have with that opening paragraph and I might just be hinging on this one point, but the fact that Congress is telling the average joe and the entertainment industry that P2P can pose a “national security threat”. Okay, so P2P is basically the Internet…well uses the most aspects of the Internet. So, what the government is telling us is that the Internet poses a national security threat?

By Ken Yeung

Ken Yeung is a journalist fascinated with the stories of the tech industry and internet culture. He's currently the Technology Editor at Flipboard, where he observes what's happening in the space while also identifying new topics of interest. In addition, he co-hosts the weekly internet show "The Created Economy," which focuses on what's happening to creators and influencers. Previously, he was a reporter for VentureBeat and The Next Web, covering tech startups, the industry's innovations and funding. Ken also has a newsletter you should also subscribe to called "Filed."