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FC: Congress mulls P2P restrictions, weighs mandatory labeling

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[Yes, let's require everyone around the globe to rate files shared via Kazaa and other P2P networks. That'll work well! Great idea! --Declan]


Congress mulls new P2P porn restrictions By Declan McCullagh March 13, 2003, 10:37 AM PT

WASHINGTON--Members of Congress on Thursday said new laws aimed at restricting pornography on peer-to-peer networks might be necessary, as police vowed to step up enforcement efforts.

During a hearing of the House Government Reform Committee, politicians complained of two problems: The allegedly widespread distribution of illegal child pornography on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, and the ease by which a youth could stumble across sexually explicit files that may be legal for adults but inappropriate for minors.

"We have a rating system for videogames. We have a rating system for music," said Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fl., who suggested a government-mandated system would be appropriate for files on P2P networks. Otherwise, Putnam warned, P2P users could "prey on spelling errors of third graders looking for Pokemon."


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