Is Law Enough for Regulating P2P Technology?


On December 8, 2009, the largest Bit Torrent ("BT") download base, BTChina, was shut down by the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television ("SARFT") for "lack of Certificate". SARFT explained that the regulation of Internet audio-visual services is a long-term project. Until the site resolves its piracy issue it can not be re-opened. According to a CCTV report on December 17, 2009, SARFT announced that it had shut down more than 700 websites, including nearly 30 of the BT download sites. This incident raises deep concern among Chinese netizens: why did the Chinese government suddenly intensify efforts to crack down BT sites? Does this mean that the peer-to-peer (P2P) download technology will meet its end in the near future?

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