Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

#2478 closed Enhancement (fixed)

add first-time user dialog to follow suggestions from the draft "Informed P2P User Act"

Reported by: charles Owned by: charles
Priority: Normal Milestone: 1.80
Component: Transmission Version: 1.75
Severity: Minor Keywords:
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Description (last modified by charles)

I'm not a lawyer, but whether or not BitTorrent? is included in this bill depends on how a judge would interpret "search":

  • Sec. 4.(4)(A)(i): Transmission does not search files at all. The file list comes from the .torrent metainfo, which is not obtained from the peer. Filenames are never actually shared between peers.
  • Sec. 4.(4)(A)(ii): Conversely, Transmission does not allow the searching of files on the computer on which Transmission is installed
  • Sec. 4.(4)(A)(ii)(I): Users are required to take the action of running Transmission before it will share data with other BitTorrent? clients.
  • Sec. 4.(4)(A)(iii): Again, Transmission does not search or allow searching.

That said, it would be nice for us to follow the spirit of the bill and follow its suggestions regarding obtaining informed consent from the user.

Note to OS distributions / hardware manufacturers distributing Transmission: IANAL but the terms of this bill do not appear to affect you. The "covered entities" in this bill are either the file-sharing program developers, or an entity that disseminates the file-sharing program and is owned or operated by the entity that developed the file-sharing program. Sec. 4. (2)(A) and Sec. 4. (2)(B)

So if this bill were to be passed, in my opinion it would not cover, say, Canonical from bundling Transmission in Ubuntu, unless the Transmission team were to purchase Canonical... ;)

Attachments (3)

legal-dialog.jpg (76.7 KB) - added by charles 12 years ago.
revised version of the popup dialog
legal-mac.png (45.8 KB) - added by livings124 12 years ago.
dialog for the Mac client
legal-qt.jpg (86.0 KB) - added by charles 12 years ago.
dialog for the Qt client

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Change History (10)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by charles

  • Description modified (diff)

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by charles

  • Owner set to charles
  • Status changed from new to assigned

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by charles

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

Popup dialog added to GTK+ client in r9231

comment:4 Changed 12 years ago by livings124

  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

The other clients still need this.

comment:5 Changed 12 years ago by livings124

added to Mac client in r9232

Changed 12 years ago by charles

revised version of the popup dialog

Changed 12 years ago by livings124

dialog for the Mac client

Changed 12 years ago by charles

dialog for the Qt client

comment:6 Changed 12 years ago by charles

added to the Qt client in r9237.

comment:7 Changed 12 years ago by charles

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from reopened to closed
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