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[News] [Rival] Comcast Under Fire for Considering the Bible "Piracy"

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Comcast Under Fire for Considering the Bible "Piracy"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2007 13:16:26 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
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.   



University Defies RIAA Demand to Release Student Downloaders' Names

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| The University of Oregon (my alma mater, coincidentally) is believed to be 
| the first US educational institution to refuse an RIAA demand to hand over 
| the names of students alleged to have illegally downloaded music.   


The issue is that they cannot tell if malware controls the PC or if
legally-distributable content is downloaded. They blindly send letters. Also:

Canadian Study: Piracy Boosts CD Sales

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| A recent study on the impact of filesharing on CD sales shows that the more 
| music people download on P2P-networks, the more CDs they buy. 



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.   


Comcast's "We Don't Throttle BitTorrent" Internal Talking Points Memo


Comcast Isn’t Net Neutral; Are They Liars, Too?

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| Following reports that Comcast isn’t net neutral, Consumerist blog has 
| acquired several leaks from Comcast insiders, claiming that they do indeed 
| use Sandvine for packet shaping, and that customer service representatives 
| are being told nothing about how the network technology works,   


Senators want probe of Comcast's BitTorrent 'discrimination'

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| The senators suggested the incidents indicate "Congress should consider 
| adopting targeted regulations to protect consumers and ensure a vibrant and 
| open communications platform."  


Congressman to Comcast: Stop interfering with BitTorrent

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| While a class action lawsuit is definitely one way to get Comcast to behave, 
| another perhaps more productive way to do so is to have politicians step in 
| and regulate.  
| On Tuesday, I discussed the issue of Comcast's anti-BitTorrent "network 
| management" with Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., who is a strong supporter of 
| consumer rights and has led the battle to undo the damage caused by the 
| Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.    


OiNK Down, Norwegian BitTorrent Trackers Next

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| With the BitTorrent world spinning on its heels after the shock takedown of 
| the huge OiNK tracker, there are now indications that the shutdowns may 
| continue. According to the lawyer who lost against ‘DVD Jon’, next stop is 
| Norway and raids are imminent.   


TorrentSpy Traffic Plunges After US Ban

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| The MPAA has caused TorrentSpy, once the most popular BitTorrent site, some 
| serious headaches. After a federal judge ordered TorrentSpy to log all user 
| data stored in RAM, they decided to block access to US users, consequently 
| their traffic dropped significantly.   


BitTorrent Admin Monitored by US Government, Forced to Dump Linux

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| Sk0t, an ex-administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent tracker is to have 
| his internet connection forcibly monitored by the US Government. If that 
| wasn’t bad enough, the monitoring software is Windows based - which means he 
| is being forced to ditch Linux - or face being barred from the internet.   


Is Comcast's BitTorrent filtering violating the law?

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| Assuming that the SYN packet goes through, the three-way handshake is allowed 
| to happen, then the two hosts will be able to begin communicating. Your ISP 
| can still kill the connection later, should they wish to, merely by blocking 
| the transmission of future packets.   
| According to Torrent Freak, Comcast is not doing this. They are instead 
| sending a reset (or RST) packet to the Comcast customer, pretending to be 
| from the host at the end of the BitTorrent connection.   


Comcast Cuts Off Heavy Internet Users

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| Customers complain bandwidth limits are secret.


Torrentspy Disables Searching For US IPs

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| Torrent indexing site Torrentspy.com appears to have disabled torrent 
| searches for IPs that originate in the United States. 


Comcast Throttles BitTorrent Traffic, Seeding Impossible

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| Over the past weeks more and more Comcast users started to notice that their 
| BitTorrent transfers were cut off. Most users report a significant decrease 
| in download speeds, and even worse, they are unable to seed their downloads. 
| A nightmare for people who want to keep up a positive ratio at private 
| trackers and for the speed of BitTorrent transfers in general.    
| [...]
| Last year we had a discussion whether traffic shaping is good or bad, and 
| ISPs made it pretty clear that they do not like P2P applications like 
| BitTorrent. One of the ISPs that joined our discussions said: “The fact is, 
| P2P is (from my point of view) a plague - a cancer, that will consume all the 
| bandwidth that I can provide. It’s an insatiable appetite.”, and another one 
| stated: “P2P applications can cripple a network, they’re like leaches. Just 
| because you pay 49.99 for a 1.5-3.0mbps connection doesn’t mean your entitled 
| to use whatever protocols you wish on your ISP’s network without them 
| provisioning it to make the network experience good for all users involved.”        


Anti-Piracy Company Wants to Sell Patents to Protect P2P

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| Recently we reported that anti-piracy company Viralg is selling the patents 
| to its technology on eBay for $1,000,000. Most people didn’t think it was 
| value for money but Viralg have been in touch and they have a new idea - 
| selling the patents to P2P’ers to help prevent some future anti-P2P 
| technology.    


Studies: music industry overstating threat of P2P piracy

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| Or perhaps it's not all that amazing. A more likely explanation is 
| that the numbers aren't even right. As Canadian law professor Michael 
| Geist showed a few weeks ago, claims about piracy rates can be wildly
| variable and downright fictional. High numbers are often used to 
| support legal threats or calls for Congressional action, as in the 
| MRT case. MRT has a lot to gain by overstating the threat of 
| streamripping and, so far, has not showed its numbers. Both MRT 
| and NPD agree, though, that P2P is hardly the music industry's 
| biggest problem.


File sharing could threaten personal and national security

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| A recent government report says that the old adage "buyer beware" now
| even applies to those who are not technically buying anything at all.
| Despite the reputation of "free" downloads, much of the illegal file
| sharing done on the internet comes at a steep price: personal and
| national security.


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