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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Safe Harbour
by kokara4a on Fri 16th Mar 2012 08:38 UTC
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IANAL but this looks like a slippery slope to me. If the ISPs inspect packets can they claim Safe Harbour protection? Won't that make them vulnerable to litigation?

I really don't see what's in for the ISPs for doing this. Under current law, they are not liable for the way their customers use their connection. So why would they care? They are only going to lose customers over this. I doubt anyone will ever say "Gee, let's change our ISP provider to one that sucks more!"

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RE: Safe Harbour
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 16th Mar 2012 14:45 in reply to "Safe Harbour"
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[quote]I really don't see what's in for the ISPs for doing this.[/quote]

A legally acceptable reason for ISPs to stock pile large amounts of customer network traffic which can be accessed by various alphabet agencies in order to identify "terrorists" and collect amateur porn pics, maybe? Mainly collect amateur porn pics.

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RE: Safe Harbour
by smilie on Sat 17th Mar 2012 00:31 in reply to "Safe Harbour"
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This seems the biggest flaw (for the ISPs) since it would seem to trash that protection by making them aware of the content of the traffic.

Beyond that, this would appear to be an enormous full-time wire tap. You have to wonder if some additional capabilities are being put in place at the same time.

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