P2P and piracy-related websites have been taken a battering from the US government in recent times with aggressive takedowns due to their illegal nature. But a group of programmers have teamed up to create a new, decentralized system that would mean that no one could touch them.
The Dot-P2P project is a new system that would use .p2p domains instead of the .com, .org etc system owned by the United States, who own a vast majority of the internet.
As ICANN, who are responsible for handing out the domain suffixes can easily confer with the US Department of Commerce, a US Court can easily take down websites after the court decides it is doing something illegal, e.g. sharing leaked albums.
The new system that is partially powered by BitTorrent aims to protect P2P sites, whether or not they are deemed ‘illegal’ and has backing from PirateBay co-founder Peter Sunde, who knows all too well about being shutdown for illegal file sharing. EZTV are also on board.
Although Dot-P2P is still in early stages, Sunde has said “If they try anything, we have weapons of making it harder for them to abuse it. If they then back down, we win.” And it is as simple as that.
Depending on what side of the coin you are from, from a legal standpoint or not. Do you think this is a good move? Do you believe torrent and P2P sites should be protected? Have your say.