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Verizon's bullshit plan to catch pirates
01-28-2013, 07:10 AM,
Verizon's bullshit plan to catch pirates
Verizon is planning to curb piracy & therefore catch pirates by its new policy that was visible in an internal Verizon document which was leaked online. The new policy is called "copyright alert program", according to which Verizon subscribers who are accused of copyright infringement will receive a series of total six alerts.
Verizon will at first send emails to people who have offended the system
2 times, next comes the stage when user's browsers will be redirected to a website where they will receive the alerts and will watch a video about "copyright infringement consequences". After that comes the final stage at which Verizon will temporarily slow down your Internet connection for 2-3 days.
Does Verizon really thinks this plan is going to work because from what we can think of this plan has a lot of deficiencies like the following:

If a person downloads something from the free Wi-fi access at a Cafe shop, then the person who will be facing charges will be Cafe shop owner not the person who downloaded illegal content.
Even if no-one downloads movie at that cafe shop then also internet usage will be high on that connection as a lot of people will be using free Wi-fi, then also the person who will be facing charges will be Cafe shop owner.
The system which generates alerts will be based on data usage. Now if I watch a lot of Youtube videos at a particular day then the system will wrongly generate an alert.
The people who use internet for business purposes generally consume a lot of information online. The "curb piracy system" will wrongly generate an copyright alert for them.

Similar policies are being developed by ISP's like Time Warner.
These plans will be more of a problems to the subscribers. Let us hope that Verizon changes its so called "curb online piracy" policy.

01-28-2013, 02:05 PM,
RE: Verizon's bullshit plan to catch pirates
Lots of these "Strikes" Rules had been drafted long ago and when it seemed too hard a push to legislate them right off citing public oppostion ISPs like Verizon who are simply in the same cartel as the control freak technocrat camp are now implementing them in their policy to achieve the same ends.

Leaked ACTA Internet Provisions: Three Strikes and a Global DMCA
November 3rd 2009

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It was met with resistance both real and then subverted to controlled opposition. Like this instance:

A recent analysis by the European Commission of the ACTA Internet chapter[2] proves that the topics under discussion go far beyond the current body of EU law. Most importantly, the Commission's analysis confirms that the current draft of ACTA would profoundly restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens, most notably the freedom of expression and communication privacy. These are very much at risk, since the current draft pushes for the implementation of three-strikes schemes and content filtering policies by seeking to impose civil and criminal liability on technical intermediaries such as internet service providers. The text would also radically erode the exercise of interoperability that is essential for both consumer rights and competitiveness.

France attempted to enact the 3 strikes law.. how did that turn out..
Terminating someone's subscription is the graduated response enacted in France last year that sparked widespread controversy. The French law is dubbed the "Three Strikes" law because French ISPs must give repeat file sharers two warnings before cutting off their connection.

Any number of strikes is no compromise, it is a loss. Not that people shouldn't have seen this coming. We build and fund the infrastructure. Private corporations own it. Governments legislate and continue to fund it in their deal that benefits everyone but the outsiders - the common folk who were baited and sold on this great promise of freedom of information that was the internet.

It was a rigged trap from the start.

Quote:ACTA Released, Only Very Slightly Less Awful Than Expected
from the debating-a-global-copyright-nanny-state dept
by Karl Bode
Wed, Apr 21st 2010

After fighting every step of the way to keep the ACTA secret, the USTR last week disengenuously proclaimed that it was finally time to make the international agreement public -- to "help the process of reaching a final agreement." Of course this proclamation of transparency and cooperation comes only after much of the agreement had been hashed out without substantive public input, after the European Parliament voted 633-to-13 to demand the release of ACTA's text, and after most of the agreement had already leaked to the press. Today the European Union finally released the full agreement (pdf) -- as well as a statement by EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht insisting that the release proves ACTA concerns have been unfounded (shockingly it turns out that's not true).

Most of what's in the agreement isn't a surprise given the leaks, and while the ACTA remains a bevy of awful policies, there are a few minor changes to degrees of said awfulness. While the leaked versions of the ACTA didn't explicity mandate ISP "three strikes" provisions, they did threaten to take away ISP safe harbor protections if ISPs didn't agree to police copyright, with the only real example of acceptable behavior being -- to employ three strikes provisions. This freshly-released version of the agreement gets rid of that language, instead simply insisting that ISPs can only retain safe harbor protections by adopting a "takedown" policy that will "address the unauthorized storage or transmission of materials protected by copyright."

That's of course simply taking our notoriously unreliable DMCA letter warning process and exporting it to Canada and elsewhere. Here in the States several major ISPs are already voluntarily taking this idea one step further -- by threatening users with disconnection for trading copyrighted files via BitTorrent (in some cases these threats, which no ISP is willing to transparently discuss, have been found to be a bluff). Some new language in the agreement also appears to take aim at softening European law, allowing countries to "terminate or prevent an infringement" and pass legislation "governing the removal or disabling of access to information." Meanwhile, Michael Geist notes that three strikes may not be dead yet given countries still need to hash out their differences:

"However, that does not mean that three strikes has disappeared from the draft entirely. The U.S. proposal for ISP liability is one of three options currently being considered. The European option preserves, but does not require, three strikes . . . The EU will argue this is consistent with the law in a few of its member states. If the approach is adopted, it will clearly keep three strikes on the table and could be used in other ACTA member countries to encourage its adoption."

Most of the language that critics have grown familiar with (making the bypassing of copy protection illegal even in cases of fair use, making copies of a large quality of content illegal even if no money is exchanged, mandating that ISPs become copyright nannies) remain at the heart of the ACTA. The agreement's central thrust continues to be to foist clearly dysfunctional, unreliable, and draconian U.S. DMCA-style copyright enforcement policies upon other countries. Other than that? Sure, ACTA concerns are "unfounded" with the release of this latest draft. Of course it can still get better (or worse) in time. (frak you very much DIGG for shutting me and my friends down by the way getting rid of 100s of thousands of comments and aggregated links)

ACTA Agreement (Public Release) [2010.04.21]

.. but the start was well before ACTA et al. Think back further .. way further to the 1910s when the contemporary technocratic ideology was first publicly pitched to less than a warm welcome.

The internet is a controlled medium, a trap where the few make the rules over the many a disproportionate abstraction of will and power but with reach and information and media - worse than the control over money or even television could cavort because it encompasses and eclipses them both .. and more.
There are no others, there is only us.
07-09-2013, 09:44 AM,
RE: Verizon's bullshit plan to catch pirates
I just cannot understand what is so threatening about users sharing media, information, etc. Music and Software seems to be the focus. Was anyone every arrested for pressing the record button on a tape deck in the 80s-90s? Also I find that piracy is only fueled by bad software, bad media or unrealistic prices. Had I have purchased Duke Nukem Forever for 60 dollars and realized the game was shit just to find out that it is now only worth maybe 30 dollars. Instead I downloaded it and found out it was a waste of hard drive space. Disliked the game quickly. And then deleted it. Also. If I were to decide to record music the first thing I would want to do would be to share it on the internet. Youtube. Bittorrent. etc. Why is this such an issue. Clearly an Effort to further control the media.

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