P2P File Sharing Hearing

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 1, 2003

U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Hearing, Privacy & Piracy: The Paradox of Illegal File Sharing on Peer-to-Peer Networks and the Impact of Technology on the Entertainment Industry, 9/30/03. Includes links to Member Statements as well as witness testimony (from four panels).

  • See specifically Mitch Bainwol, Chairman & CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Washington, DC and Alan Morris, Executive VP, Sharman Networks Limited (Parent Co. of KaZaA).
  • From the statement of Sen. Norm Coleman, “As it relates to the use of technology in general, I am troubled by the growing use of systems and devices to reach into our online lives and pluck out information about us with or without our knowledge. This is particularly relevant here since technology is being used to not only steal the work of artists — but to prove that someone has indeed stolen it.”
  • See also Nielsen/NetRatings’ press release reporting a global decline of 41% in the use of file sharing service Kazaa, since the week ending June 29, 2003.
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