Why P2P like Bit-Torrent needs legal protection
I think that one reason the big media companies lobby Congress to outlaw P2P technologies has nothing to do with current illegal use of these technologies. Instead, I think that they see a long term threat as entertainment markets are opened up to independent producers who find that their production costs are slashed using digital media and close to free distribution via P2P. A lot of people do not seem to mind commercials in network TV so why not fund Indy movies with a few embedded commercials? Same idea for musicians: produce low cost music videos and distribute them via Bit-Torrent (and if they get to be popular, add a few short targeted commercials).