Defining a Middle Ground
Here's another post from the Copyfighter's Musings IP law blog regarding the P2P dilemma:
As with most of my other posts, this deals with the ongoing P2P file-sharing controversy. Defining a middle ground, according to Derek Slater, involves "providing sufficient (monetary) incentives so that creative material will be created and distributed for the public's benefit while b) minimizing damage to innovation, legitimate consumer rights, and other public interests."
I believe a good step in the right direction would be for software companies to issue stricter warnings to users about infringing uses of their product. If the government defined standards for what constituted a good warning, it would allow companies to protect themselves from secondary liability. Opponents of such measures think the accountability is strictly in the hands of the user, and not the company.
Still more to come....