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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RE: Comment by Luminair
by CapEnt on Fri 16th Mar 2012 12:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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this is a bit like putting a police officer at the window of every home. that would be crazy too. only this is invisible and costs nothing

Constant communication monitoring (or spying...) actually cost lots of money, and the costs scale proportional to the amount of users that you need do control.

You will have:
- the additional overhead of the automated infrastructure to filter the traffic together with all the technical glitches that the additional complexity add to the system.
- the need of technicians to keep everything running.
- the need of human censors to read the logs, and the admin personnel to coordinate them.
- lots lawyers to cope with the ocean of lawsuits and class actions that false positives and gray areas will bring to the company.
... and the list goes on ...

Who will pay? The customer! Of course!

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