Congress Comes To Realization That People Out There Are Still Using Limewire

limewire-logo.jpgRepresentative Henry Waxman, a Democrat from California, is peeved at LimeWire, several years after the P2P program first found itself in the crosshairs of record companies for illegal file sharing. But it seems that Waxman is now more concerned with the possible identity-theft repercussions of folks sharing music and movies than the file-swapping itself:

“We used the most popular P2P program, LimeWire, and ran a series of basic searches,” Waxman said in his hearing statement. “What we found was astonishing: personal bank records and tax forms, attorney-client communications, the corporate strategies of Fortune 500 companies, confidential corporate accounting documents, internal documents from political campaigns, government emergency response plans and even military operation orders.”

The information Waxman and his investigators found is often “inadvertently shared” when using P2P services to illicitly download music, movies, and other copyrighted works.

In a sweet piece of lazy-ass buck-passing, LimeWire CEO Mark Gorton’s mea culpa sidestepped his software’s poor security controls, blaming the meddling kids who use his program for fiddling with it and telling Congress to handle the issue its own damn self:

The only institution in the United States with the power to mandate the creation of an effective enforcement mechanism to police the Internet is the United States Congress,” Gorton said.

Of course, my first thoughts upon reading all this were “Isn’t there a war going on?” And “Who is still dumb enough to use LimeWire and to leave their tax records in view of some kid downloading Chilli Peppers songs?”

Waxman Puts Squeeze On LimeWire [Hollywood Reporter]

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  • SlimShadenfruede

    is this why you guys don’t post anymore mp3′s? tell me whyeeeeee?

  • queensissy

    What, no photo of Henry Waxman this time?

  • Freedumb

    My first thought was your second thought. But I’m kind of tired of the “Isn’t there a war going on?” thing. In my opinion, it should be reserved for the most stupid things Congress does (e.g. Schiavo), not used every time Congress does something that annoys you. Congress does have many committees, and a lot of responsibilities beyond the war. How copyrights and privacy issues should evolve with the advent of new technology is an important issue, although I agree Congress is handling it the same way they handle everything else: idiotically.

  • kiteless

    man that logo looks delicious.

  • Nicolars

    People still use limewire? Srsly?

  • Jupiter8

    That reminds me, that copy of “Kid A” I started downloading off Limewire in 2000 has got to be done by now….