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ISPs blast UK proposal to cut off file sharers

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 30 Aug 2009 23:14 User comments (6)

ISPs blast UK proposal to cut off file sharers UK ISP TalkTalk has said that recommendations from the UK Government on ways to solve the Internet piracy problem - which include disconnecting customers who are deemed "repeat offenders" - likely breach fundamental rights. Additionally, provider Virgin Media commented that it is persuasion and not coercion that is the key to cracking down on the estimated 6 million file sharers in the UK.
"This is best done by making sure there are legal alternatives and educating people, writing letters to alleged file-sharers and, if necessary, taking them to court," TalkTalk's director of regulation Andrew Heaney told BBC News, adding that the company is determined as anyone to crack down on illegal activity on its network.

"Disconnecting alleged offenders will be futile given that it is relatively easy for determined file-sharers to mask their identity or their activity to avoid detection," he added. A Virgin Media spokeswoman said the company was concerned that a "heavy-handed, punitive regime will simply alienate consumers," and warnings were also raised about the possible methods of identifying a user by IP address, which might affect users who share an Internet connection.

Liberal Democrat's spokesman, Don Foster (MP), said the recommendation was reckless and dangerous. "There are many families whose children, unbeknown to them, might be illegally downloading but now their own access could be put in jeopardy by Lord Mandelson's proposals," he said.

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6 user comments

131.8.2009 5:01

Here's a thought go after sites that sell bootleged stuff and join with the ISPs to give them tax breaks if they join in on the program.

If a site is shearing information but not selling or taking donations then it should not be blocked.

Go after the money its that simple.....

231.8.2009 5:12
pphoenix
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dark nets & encrypted connection = MPAA - RIAA fail, end of.

this is just scare tactics nothing more because of the report last week that stated ppl using p2p in the UK had more than doubled.

Its a sad day for UK politics when industry is allowed to dictate to them. all the good points in the digital Britain report have been thrown away choosing to side with big content.

When a corporation controls government it's called fascism!

lets not 4 get who is actually behind the MPAA - RIAA ect, these are the companies that need to be targeted and boycotted into changing their ways, purchase only 2nd hand media and do not purchase anything branded sony, why allow these fecktards to dictate hardware DRM anymore.

Name and shame the companies as all the **AA trade group name is for is to protect the capitalist corporate globalist from bad press.


RIAA, CRIA, SOUNDEXCHANGE, BPI, IFPI, Ect:

# Sony BMG Music Entertainment
# Warner Music Group
# Universal Music Group
# EMI

MPAA, MPA, FACT, AFACT, Ect:

# Sony Pictures
# Warner Bros. (Time Warner)
# Universal Studios (NBC Universal)
# The Walt Disney Company
# 20th Century Fox (News Corporation)
# Paramount Pictures Viacom—(DreamWorks owners since February 2006)

331.8.2009 10:48

Do these hypocrytic corporations with short memories remember how they advertised their wares back in the 1960's.
Didn't have anything to do with pirates did it!

431.8.2009 14:01

I think it is high time for p2p sharers to petition the devs of p2p programs to come up with onion-routing that actually works and to a satisfactory speed. Which of course wont happen for a few years since programs like Anomos are in their infancy stage. And they will only get slower the bigger the files are shared.

Lose-lose.

53.9.2009 13:47

This is another about face. Virgin has been one of the to anti files share corps in the world. Like mine, Comcast, did the same a year back. Once they have their band width contained they started to realize how much money they lost. Virgin has made that same conclusion. They know who is sharing and they know they can't afford to lose a quarter of them. They are now blowing smoke to slow down or stop the final crack down for file sharing which could put them out of business.

64.9.2009 23:25

Originally posted by pphoenix:
dark nets & encrypted connection = MPAA - RIAA fail, end of.

this is just scare tactics nothing more because of the report last week that stated ppl using p2p in the UK had more than doubled.

Its a sad day for UK politics when industry is allowed to dictate to them. all the good points in the digital Britain report have been thrown away choosing to side with big content.

When a corporation controls government it's called fascism!

lets not 4 get who is actually behind the MPAA - RIAA ect, these are the companies that need to be targeted and boycotted into changing their ways, purchase only 2nd hand media and do not purchase anything branded sony, why allow these fecktards to dictate hardware DRM anymore.

Name and shame the companies as all the **AA trade group name is for is to protect the capitalist corporate globalist from bad press.


RIAA, CRIA, SOUNDEXCHANGE, BPI, IFPI, Ect:

# Sony BMG Music Entertainment
# Warner Music Group
# Universal Music Group
# EMI

MPAA, MPA, FACT, AFACT, Ect:

# Sony Pictures
# Warner Bros. (Time Warner)
# Universal Studios (NBC Universal)
# The Walt Disney Company
# 20th Century Fox (News Corporation)
# Paramount Pictures Viacom—(DreamWorks owners since February 2006)
Great post!

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