A lot of pressure has been applied by the government to ISPs and the music industry to sort out some sort of agreement over music downloads using P2P or face legislation. Well according to The Register (here) serious discussions between stake holders have been going on and an agreement maybe reached this year on how to address this.
The interesting thing is what will happen to legitimate services if you can use P2P solutions that are currently described as illegal if you can pay your ISP a normal sum each month. In addition to this how will this pool of money be divided up amongst royalty owners, as measuring the illegal P2P download activity for every individual is going to be pretty challenging particularly when people often go to the effort of concealing the nature of their web traffic e.g. packaging files in zipped & rar files that have passwords, file renaming etc tec.
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