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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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Fri 16th Mar 2012 09:39 UTC
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start monitoring communication like this and people get hurt. the power is too concentrated. banks have 100 years of lawmaking to hold back their sleeze, and they still fuck with us and our information. so in comparison what happens when you give away the keys to the most powerful communication tool in history

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, so they can get away with it and people will get used to it. 1984 wasnt so bad for most people.

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by CapEnt on Fri 16th Mar 2012 12:51 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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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by static666 on Fri 16th Mar 2012 16:21 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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I see no trouble in implementing a customized automated bittorrent client that would impersonate a fellow seeder/leecher, requesting chunks of copyrighted content from users of particular IP address ranges, while logging all communication. No need for anything fancier IMO, in fact it may already be in place since it is so trivial.

Using tor is an overkill and could easily put it down. Another workaround is purchasing a private VPN proxy in some remote country where there is still free internets. Like Sweden, maybe, still?

But the best way is to stop buying crappy content made in Hollywood in the first place. C'mon, it's horrible, and is only getting worse every day.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Fri 16th Mar 2012 16:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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spying on people electronically costs nothing compared to doing it in the real world. compare your IT costs to hiring 300 million chinese people to follow around every american, listening for keywords

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