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?

How about this: if the electricity company detects 'illegal activity' by snooping around in your house, you will be cut of electricity for the rest of your life.

Internet has become a basic service required to survive in the 21st century Western world. No one's packets should be inspected, and no one should be deprived of something that is fundamental for living.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

People that don't pirate won't lose their internet. Those that do after being warned can get internet at a public station or use a modem or cell service. There are friends, relatives, and other options.

Looking the other way when it comes to packets amounts to allowing piracy. You can't expect pirates to turn themselves in and focusing on uploaders just moves the contents out of the jurisdiction.

The way to do it is to only bust the major leechers as a way of encouraging the majority to follow the law. Don't expect to stamp out piracy 100% but don't allow it to be a national past-time either.

It isn't as if you would have to sniff all packets. They would get suspected IP addresses from torrent and p2p networks.

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MadRat Member since:

Are you seriously condoning the idea of a search without a warrant? The government has no business snooping unless it has grounds to investigate, and then to investigate by rules. I'm not giving anyone a carte blanche to search for 'potential' pirates.

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Jokel Member since:

Problem is - who going to monitor that traffic?

I sure hope this will be official body like the police or something, because I won't accept some corporate police. That would be illegal.

As a side note... By your standards everybody using p2p is suspect (because you don't know where the packets are coming from before you investigate - so you have to investigate EVERYBODY).

For your information - I make my music myself. If I use samples they are free from rights or CC. I only use free and open software. I never pirate a game. Still under your definition I am a pirate for looking at my legally bought DVD by not using the Microsoft(tm)(c) player but libdvdcss2.

En that - dear corporate-slave - stinks!!!!

Also - laws here in the Netherlands permit downloading. You can rant and spitting fire as much as you like, but even if I ever should downloaded a song I am NOT a pirate, simply because the law say I am not a pirate. You can argue about the morality of things, but at the end it is the law that counts!

Again - downloading is perfectly legal here in the Netherlands. Now - you don't want to be a lawbreaker by accusing innocent people and unlawfully sniffing their traffic don't you? Because if you (or a non-police private company) are sniffing my traffic without a search-warrant you are breaking a LOT of laws concerning privacy. You can even facing jail time for that!

Think about it.

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StaubSaugerNZ Member since:

Sigh. I can't tell whether you're trolling again or simply massively clueless. Probably just the later.

Did you know there is a conspiracy that allows people to share copyrighted works in massive quantities? Worse yet, it is worldwide. Do you know what this 'evil institution' is? A library. By your own very narrow interpretation of 'piracy' you fail to see that the benefits to society are so great that some sharing should be allows (that is, fair use). Personally I believe in paying for copyrighted works. However I see how society can benefit if there are rules that allow non-paid for use in some circumstances.

Besides any of these arguments you were totally out of line claiming Thom supports piracy in your title. As an earlier poster has said you really are a 'tool', once again. Looking at your blog it is obviously you are not entirely skill-less, just a closed minded dickhead yet again. Within your little north-western US blinkered vision you simply lack the imagination to properly follow the points of others, or see the blind spots in your reasoning.

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