There's a whole lot of legitimate uses
The way they blame file sharing for piracy, they could just as easily blame the Internet and web pages for piracy, because there's just as much, if not more files being served on web pages than on file sharing networks. If they're going to make file sharing illegal, they should make tape recorders, DVD/CD burners, PC sound cards, VCRs, PVR's, and basically anything else with recording capabilities, illegal too. Because all those devices could just as easily be blamed for piracy too.
It's just easier for the companies to go after a very popular central location for trading. And right now, that's file sharing networks. But it doesn't do much good, because another will pop right up. Look what shutting down napster did. It didnt stop anything and the file trading went from one basically centralized location, sharing only music, to spread all over the internet and sharing nearly everything.
These networks, just like web sites, could so easily be used for businesses and other legitimate uses. The companies are just too lazy to figure out how to do it, they just want to keep everything the way it is working now, they seem to be afraid of change. But with the way things are going, I think the people are more forcing the companies to change, because if they don't they're going to leave them in the dust.
A similar thing happened years ago with the VCR. Because the movie industry acted the same way when the VCR first came out. They were oh, so afraid that no one would go see movies in theaters and people would copy each other's movies, and the industry would go bankrupt. Yet, here we are 30 years later, they fixed copyright laws, didn't destroy the technology, and now they have VCR's and DVD's to thank for making them a great deal richer. Imagine what would have happened had the movie industry got their way and destroyed the technology.
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