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March 31, 2006

KaZaa a source of child porn

 
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Little known (at least within the policy world) about many of the file-sharing services is that they have been sources of, well, other things besides music.

In fact, several years ago when I was just becoming familiar with the file-sharing technologies, I was shown that one could easily obtain software, videos, and pictures from these services. And I was not surprised to see that most of the pictures and videos available were porn.

I mention this because it often goes unmentioned, and because a NASA executive has been arrested in a child-porn sting operation, and he indicated that KaZaa was one of his sources for his material.

I've been among those who has tried to draw a distinction between the technology of file-sharing, and the illegal applications of it. I've argued that there are probably legitimate applications of file-sharing technology, and that the technology itself shouldn't be outlawed.

But I have to admit that I have yet to see a legitimate, productive application of file-sharing technology, and this story doesn't exactly move the ball down the field.

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