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RE: Can P2P applications learn to play fair on networks?

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Mon Oct 29 12:37:39 2007

On Mon, 29 Oct 2007, Fred Reimer wrote:
That and the fact that an ISP would be aiding and abetting
illegal activities, in the eyes of the RIAA and MPAA.  That's not
to say that technically it would not be better, but that it will
never happen due to political and legal issues, IMO.

As always consult your own legal advisor, however in the USA DMCA 512(b) probably makes caching by ISPs legal. ISPs have not been shy about using the CDA and DMCA to protect themselves from liability.

Although caching has been very popular outside the USA, in particular in countries with very expensive trans-oceanic circuits, in the USA caching
is mostly a niche service for ISPs. The issue in the USA is more likely
the cost of operating and maintaing the caching systems are more expensive than the operational cost of the bandwidth in the USA.

Despite some claims from people that ISPs should just shovel packets,
some US ISPs have used various caching systems for a decade.

It would be a shame to make Squid illegal for ISPs to use.