Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Lack of P2P Control Threat to Asian Governments

The deputy director-general of WIPO's regional Asian office, Geoffrey Yu, has a hard time with the increasing internet access and predict governments will have so too:
"It’s only a matter of time that illegal downloading becomes the longer-term threat to the governments in Asia,"

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"Soon, we won’t be having large scale commercial operators pirating music and movies in large concentrated warehouses but we'll see millions of individuals doing the same in their own homes. That's actually a bigger threat because it's harder to control."
Set aside the questionable equation of large scale commercial pircay and individual file-sharing, one can wonder about the suggestiveness of this "hard-to-control" threat (to governements even). Should the threat be countered by imposing controls? Should increased internet access come with increased control over that access? A tuned-down internet for the masses that are getting a taste of the "forbidden fruits" of file-sharing? I guess Yu is only expressing his frustration, but coming from a represenative of a supra-national IP body this kind of unsubtle talk is something to watch. Even if it isn't that surprising.

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