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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What about child porn? Should you have total privacy there as well?

Congratulations, you've just performed the copyright equivalent of Godwins Law.

You can stop posting now as you have just lost the argument.

There is no right to illegal activity, especially when using a private service.

That includes defamation sunbeam.

There's a huge difference between using a fake IP and faking someone's IP to make it look like they torrented a bunch of movies.

If someone downloads 20gb in movies your ISP can tell if 20gb of torrent packets actually went through to you during that period. IP spoofing can be used to make it look like you visited certain websites but for p2p transfer there is still data that needs to be accounted for.


No enforcement has the same effect as having no laws.

A balance between privacy and support for content producers needs to be found or else you are allowing piracy to exist. Pirates will not come forward on their own and report themselves. Copyright laws will be widely ignored if the populace knows that the government won't enforce them. We've already seen this happen in parts of Asia.

Likewise copyright as it exists in the US and UK is a nonsense. If your laws are viewed by the general populous as being a joke or ridiculous, they are far less likely to obey.

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