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[News] Big Media Conspiracy Wants BitTorrent Dead Permanently

  • Subject: [News] Big Media Conspiracy Wants BitTorrent Dead Permanently
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 07:29:27 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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IFPI: ISPs Should Block BitTorrent and The Pirate Bay

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| The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is trying to 
| convince European lawmakers that ISPs should take extreme measures to fight 
| piracy. They suggest that ISPs should block access to websites such as The 
| Pirate Bay, and block filesharing protocols, no matter what they’re being 
| used for.    


They can kill the protocols, legitimate use will end (e.g. Linux ISOs), and
their so-called 'pirates' will find new alternatives routes anyway. They'll
just knife the baby and the bathwater will stay.


Mark Cuban to ISPs: block all P2P traffic; Ars to Cuban: um, no

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| Of course, there are many legitimate uses for P2P that Google Video can't 
| replace, like distributing Linux ISOs. Furthermore, the notion that the only 
|          ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| people who benefit from P2P technology are the distributors is wrong. If I 
| have the option of grabbing a download from a distant single server or from a 
| torrent with hundreds of users, I'm going to opt for the torrent. Why? It's 
| almost guaranteed to be faster, and let's face it: most BitTorrent software 
| is quite adept at managing large downloads. Perhaps I want to throttle it 
| while playing a game; perhaps I want to encrypt my transfers. If I'm 
| distributing video or audio, perhaps I don't wish to be bound by the terms of 
| Google Video.          


Comcast reported to FCC

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| P2P throttling breaks FCC 'net neutrality' policy
| [...]
| Among the consumer groups who have approached the FCC are the Consumer 
| Federation of America, the Consumers Union, the Media Access Project and 
| professors at the Internet practices of the Yale, Harvard and Stanford law 
| schools.   


Consumer groups want Comcast fined for thwarting the Bible

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| A number of consumer groups are petitioning the FCC to fine Comcast $195,000 
| for every customer affected by their BitTorrent-throttling practices. The FCC 
| has said in the past that service providers can't "block" customers from 
| using certain applications or websites, but it hasn't enforced that policy.   


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