Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Mar 2012 22:06 UTC
Legal "If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider has been watching, and they're coming for you. Specifically, they're coming for you on Thursday, July 12. That's the date when the nation's largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users' bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials." One day, years from now, historians are going to debate whether this was the point of no return.
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by WorknMan on Thu 15th Mar 2012 23:13 UTC
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I think the warnings are a good idea in theory; it's just the ISP letting you know that "Hey, somebody is downloading copyrighted content from your IP address." At least then if you really are innocent/didn't know what you were doing, it's better than your first warning being a lawsuit from the content industry. On the other hand, I would hope that they'd give you at least one warning before throttling your bandwidth.

As for ISPs spying on you, unless you're using some sort of encryption, everything you do online is public anyway. It's like going to a shopping mall and bitching that there's security cameras watching you.

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