[p2p-hackers] FTC P2P Workshop Seeks Panelists

Seth Johnson seth.johnson at RealMeasures.dyndns.org
Sat Oct 16 06:12:17 UTC 2004

> http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2004/10/p2p.htm

FTC to Host Two-day Peer-to-peer File-sharing Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop,
“Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Technology: Consumer Protection
and Competition Issues,” to explore consumer protection and
competition issues associated with the distribution and use of
peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing. The workshop will be held
December 15 and 16, 2004. It is free and open to the public.

A Federal Register Notice to be published shortly says the
workshop is intended to provide an opportunity to learn how P2P
file-sharing works and to discuss current and future applications
of the technology. The workshop will focus on:

      The uses of P2P file-sharing technology; 
      The role of P2P file-sharing technology in the economy; 
      Identification and disclosure of P2P file-sharing software
program risks; 
      Technological solutions to protect consumers from risks
associated with P2P file- 
      sharing software programs; 
      P2P file-sharing and music distribution; and 
      P2P file-sharing and its impact on copyright holders. 

Interested parties can submit written comments to Federal Trade
Commission, Office of the Secretary, Room 159-H (Annex B), 600
Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, DC, 20580. The Commission
is particularly interested in studies, surveys, research, and
other empirical data related to P2P file-sharing. Comments and
envelopes should be marked “P2P File-Sharing Workshop
– Comment P034517.” Interested parties are encouraged
to submit comments electronically at:

Persons seeking to participate as panelists in the workshop must
notify the FTC in writing of their interest in participating and
describe their expertise in, or knowledge of, the issues. 
Interested parties may submit requests to participate by mail, as
indicated above, or electronically to:
filesharingworkshop at ftc.gov. Panelists will be selected based on
whether they have expertise or knowledge, and whether their
participation would promote a balance of interests at the

Comments and requests to participate must be submitted on or
before Monday, November 15, 2004. Panelists will be notified on
or before Monday, November 29, 2004, if they have been selected.

A detailed agenda and additional information on the workshop will
be posted on the FTC’s Web site at:

The commission vote to issue the Federal Register Notice was
4-0-1, with Commissioner Jon Leibowitz not participating. 

Copies of the Federal Register Notice are available from the
FTC’s Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the
FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania
Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. The FTC works for the
consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business
practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help
consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in
English or Spanish (bilingual counselors are available to take
complaints), or to get free information on any of 150 consumer
topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use
the complaint form at http://www.ftc.gov. The FTC enters
Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related
complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database
available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement
agencies in the U.S. and abroad.


    Claudia Bourne Farrell,
    Office of Public Affairs


    Elizabeth Delaney,
    Bureau of Consumer Protection

(FTC File No. P03 4577)


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