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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This will be fun. Companies that sell copyrighted material will see their revenues drop.

That could very well be the case, but I think you know that if that where to happen, it would be blamed on piracy again. This will open the doors to further internet regulations, and maybe eventually some kind of nation/world-wide piracy tax.

Unfortunately, this kind of changes are inevitable as long as big content reigns supreme. They haven't learned from their mistakes before, and they will not learn now. They have to die, or we will have to succumb. It is as simple as that.

Edited 2012-03-16 12:42 UTC

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