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ISPs Being Pressured To Become Piracy Cops
IFPI proposes filters; website & protocol blockades...
by Karl Bode 08:58AM Wednesday Dec 26 2007 Tipped by h4x0r3d See Profile
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is pressuring European lawmakers to create the piracy equivalent of the great Chinese firewall. In a letter (pdf) to lawmakers, the group urges them to force ISPs to employ content filters, block certain protocols, and eliminate access to certain websites in "rogue jurisdictions" like the Pirate Bay. According to the group, none of these options are "overly burdensome or expensive, or causes problems for regular services to the ISP's customers."

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The EFF, as you might imagine, is calling that poppycock (pdf), arguing that such filters stifle innovation, and the cost of implementing them would be carried by the consumer. They also suggest that the filters likely wouldn't work anyway, as users would simply encrypt their traffic:
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Introducing filtering technology at ISP facilities would simply cause infringing Net users to encrypt their communications in the same way, eliminating any chance that these filters could successfully target these transfers. Such encrypted content cannot be examined or blocked by third parties such as ISPs; if it could, the financial institutions would be equally at risk.
The RIAA, MPAA and companies such as NBC are engaged in a similar quest here in the States, and have been also urging lawmakers to force ISPs (and in some case residential hardware vendors) to implement piracy filters.


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russotto

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Re: ISPs will start doing this

said by FFH:

ISPs will start cooperating with the Intellectual Property industries as intellectual content becomes a larger and larger part of a country's GDP.
First thing I found at your blog is a copyright violation, hypocrite.

nasadude

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Re: China anyone?

You have a very skewed idea of what's happening here, HCT:

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said by dadkins:

Who is going to be the Judge and Jury of what I can do with my internet connection?
The ISPs.
no, it's not the ISPs, it's what the content industry will force upon the ISPs; the ISPs generally don't care what people do with their connection, unless they are big enough (comcast, TW) to also own content.

said by FFH:

said by dadkins:

Who's values are going to be used as a guideline?
Society & the legal system
No, it will be the content cartel's guidelines and their bought legislation, not Society's; society's guidelines are already saying IP and copyright law are very out of whack - what other message is there to draw from the fact that ANYONE that does ANYTHING creative online probably violates IP law to the tune of millions of dollars a day?

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said by dadkins:

What about when this horse manure starts blocking LEGIT sites/sources?
Nothing is infallible.
Collateral damage.
As in "who gives a crap what problems this causes, we got what we wanted, who cares about the public or society at large?"

Then again, given that you consider breaking the internet as "collateral damage" in the fight to preserve the content industy's dying (yes, dying) business model, I guess you don't consider your views skewed.


dadkins
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Uhm... BULLSHIT!
If I want to search for Latex Porn, regardless of the source, I should be able to.

Who is going to be the Judge and Jury of what I can do with my internet connection?
Who's values are going to be used as a guideline?

What about when this horse manure starts blocking LEGIT sites/sources?
Nothing is infallible.
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