Open Wi-Fi: The Best RIAA Defense?
10-08-06 Seleccionado por: karaoke kamikaze
I might have to open my Wi-Fi network to the neighborhood in order to accommodate some new entertainment gear, which would have a strange side-effect...
... I'd theoretically be able to share all of my music on P2P networks without worrying about an RIAA lawsuit.Let me back up a few steps… My home network runs just fine on WPA security, but let week when I finally picked up a wireless adapter for my TiVo Series 2 to let me send digital music to the living room and upload videos to my computer, I realized TiVo doesn't run on WPA. Nor does the I've been testing.
TiVo and MusicGremlin both handle WEP encryption, so I switched to that. But for some reason, my PC would fall off of the network every 10 minutes or so, forcing me to enter the entire WEP key again -- twice -- in order to get it back online. I felt like one of those guys on Lost who had to enter a code periodically in order to save the world (or maybe they didn't).
I'm still not done trying to get that PC back online with WEP, but it WEP isn't very secure anyway, so I started thinking about ditching wireless security entirely. Secure transactions such as banking would still be encrypted end-to-end, and there's nothing on my network that would be of much value to hackers, so it seems like the biggest downside would be a possible decline in access speed.
Now on to that curious side effect. If I ditch the security, the RIAA won't be able to tell whether I'm sharing music or whether it's someone else on my network. That's the exact defense successfully by Tammie Marsen, who convinced the RIAA to drop their case against her because several other individuals had access to the Internet through her connection (I assume this can only mean unsecured Wi-Fi), and there was no way to identify who exactly had done the alleged infringing using the IP address the RIAA had collected during its P2P surveillance.
So now, it looks like there are two options for using P2P without worrying about an RIAA lawsuit: turning off sharing (they only go after uploaders) or opening your Wi-Fi to the neighborhood. If your access speed drops way down, you can always in order to make your neighbors think twice about using your connection.
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