Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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How is three strikes Draconian? You're given two warnings before losing internet access. Is enforcing the law Draconian?

First of all, it'd mean ISPs were forced to monitor all data going in or out and maintain insanely huge lists of illegal material; that is really freaking costly and as such would bar any start-ups from ever becoming successful.

Secondly, it's pretty easy to spoof things and make it seem like someone is downloading illegal stuff and thus cause the said person to lose Internet access. A private person has no way of proving his or her innocence in such a case. And how about if you have friends over or something, and someone accidentally or intentionally downloads something and it happens to be illegal material? Yes, you'd get the blame.

Thirdly, Internet access is nowadays a must. There's so many things you just can't do anymore in any reasonable way without having access to Internet and, for whatever the reason, if you lost access to it you'd instantly become an outcast and would lose out on a large part of modern society.

Fourth, obtaining such material shouldn't be punishable. You don't get jailtime or fines for buying bootleg DVDs or CDs either, why should digital wares be different? It's the one selling that stuff or putting it up who's committing the illegal act. Also circumventing protections on material should be allowed so that you can use the material you've bought; there's many alternative OSes and applications out there available completely for free of charge and as such the developer(s) can't buy licenses for stuff, also in many cases DRM causes the material to be non-working or non-accessible after a certain time due to authentication servers going down permanently, bad coding, or one of the other billion reasons and in such cases you'll be locked out of your legally obtained material.

It has been said before that geeks are the worst when it comes to undermining their own industry. Thom would put people who read this site out of work or into other industries just so he can feel better about torrenting movies.

If you really believe this is just about people wanting to continue torrenting movies then you're so far away from the track that I'd need a warp drive and a year of time to be able to reach you.

EDIT: Fixed typo.

Edited 2010-03-09 20:51 UTC

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