Posted: Mar 22, 2018 5:10 pm
by purplerat
minininja wrote:
purplerat wrote:
minininja wrote:
purplerat wrote:
Whether you think Bitcoin is a viable currency or not I think this highlights potential issues with making data illegal.

I think it more highlights issues with a system to which anyone can contribute and in which all contributions are necessarily permanent and universal.

You mean like the internet?

No, not at all. Certainly with the internet anyone can contribute, but content can be deleted, servers can be shut down, and even if someone somewhere decides to keep and host their own copy of some particular bit of information, everyone who uses the internet is not required to host everything that's ever been on it, locally.

In theory that sounds great but you know in reality that's not the way it works. Nothing that gets on the internet is ever truly deleted and while nobody hosts "everything" locally just about everybody connected to the internet is likely hosting something they aren't aware of that may very well be illegal. From that standpoint, the same arguments for criminalizing information applies to both. And it's certainly not like people haven't tried to make the same argument against the internet in general that is now being applied to blockchain.