This is a juvenile policy.
Peer to peer software has far more uses than just copying mp3’s. Hell, companies like ExxonMobil, BP and TFE are using p2p to build collaborative networks for data exchange between project partners - these aren’t the sort of companies who would endanger their reputations by association with “illegal activity”.
Hell, p2p’s implications in terms of freedom of communication at a time of excessive surveillance and control by government is worthy of a dozen discussions at least.
Countless opensource projects are moving at far greater speed than they ever would normally, just because these tools allow for easy searching and sharing of information - need a driver, do a search, download it, bang. Looking for a pattern recognition algorythm, you’ve got easy access to a dozen.
If GQ topics should be closed down because there’s a potential someone could misuse the knowledge illegally, you’d better close down this discussion about what constitutes rape, this question on how to burn your own CD’s, this discussion on whether bullet proof armour is illegal or not, and this discussion on when could a US citizen be tried for activities that occured overseas.
And those are just from the last two days.