Peer-to peer file sharing

Letter in The Guardian, 14 February 2008:

Peer-to-peer file sharing has many legal uses, so it can’t be banned per se (Report, February 12). Forcing ISPs to break with the long-established principle of carrying rather than intercepting communications will raise serious questions of free speech. Obviously, it will also encourage encryption, so the next step will be that this is made illegal. For the common good, it is time to say to the music industry – we want a better business model, not tighter thumbscrews.