Re: Kazza forget it
I think it's the other way around... and it's all thanks to Sony that it has been leagal for so long...
Way back in the eighties there was a landmark legal case against Sony, the music companies suggesed that in inventing the record button they were aiding and abetting music piracy, and had to remove the function, and pay costs to the disenfranchised companies. However Sony argued that just by giving the function to people that didn't mean it had a solely illegal purpose, the function was usefull, and it should be the case that the actual music pirates were prosecuted and not the people that gave them th means. (it'd be like prosecuting a gun maker when someone was shot!).
This was sharman networks (th makrs of Kazzaa) defence when Sony tried to take them to court saying that their software was illegal.
P2P networks are usefull, since so many people now have lots of unused space on thier hard drives, and most now have bandwidth. P2P filesharing programs have aplpications for legally sharing documents and programs. saving the official companies a lot of bandwidh costs.
Ideally companies like redhat would release Linux distros onto P2P because then people would be able to download at faster speeds, and it would save the company bandwidth costs.
(Debian already use this, it is possible (and encouraged) for people to use BitTorrent to get the Distro).
So the point is that it is perfectly legal to have filesharing programs, but it is illegal to use them to download and to share copyrighted material.