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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No it would be quite easy. Repeat offenders would be reported to ISPs and they would lose service after being warned. It's that simple.

Who would do the reporting? ISPs? Some private companies? Police?

No private companies should have the right to monitor everyone's activities and data on the Internet, that'd be a serious breach of privacy and rights.

ISPs? Well, I already explained why that'd be a very bad idea.

Police? They're already busy with other stuff, and besides, only ISPs have access to every part of their network and only ISPs can log everything needed. A random entity on the Internet can only log what _appears_ to be a certain IP or MAC address, they can't know for certain if it is actually it.

Besides, who'd maintain what is legal and what isn't? What is illegal in one country isn't that in another and as such all countries would have to change their criminal laws.

IP spoofing is not easy if you are targeting a specific range. Packets can be traced and network logs will show if a 7 GB movie actually went through your local hub or not.

IP spoofing isn't easy? Gee, go ask any network administrator about that. And while at it, ask how easy it is to spoof MAC addresses too.

And about the local hub: well gee, only ISPs can monitor and log all of their hubs..

It isn't a right and there's always the public library. The only people that would have a problem with this are the ones who pirate media.

Actually incorrect. Here in Finland atleast Internet access IS a legal right. I don't know if it is in other countries though. And no, people who value general rights and privacy also have a problem with this; someone constantly sniffing out what you're doing just happens to be a privacy intrusion and as easy as it is to spoof things on the Internet only ISPs have all the needed requirements to be able to fully monitor what is going on.

Because tacitly allowing digital piracy is harmful to the industries that create the digital products that people enjoy. Laws need to exist that encourage people to buy media from the people that made it. That doesn't need to involve jailtime.

Piracy is harmful to any kind of industry, not just digital industry. And sure, if such laws could be made I'd be for them, but ONLY as long as they wouldn't breach one's privacy or personal rights. Unfortunately, ACTA doesn't qualify.

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