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ISPs shoulder responsibility for leaked Sony movies, says UK MP

Written by James Delahunty @ 05 Dec 2014 8:21 User comments (4)

ISPs shoulder responsibility for leaked Sony movies, says UK MP A Member of the UK Parliament and former IP advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron believes that Internet Service Providers and web hosting companies have to shoulder some of the responsibility for leaked Sony movies, following a massive hack.
Speaking to TorrentFreak, Mike Weatherley gave his opinion on spreading blame and responsibility for the leaking of movies including Fury, and Annie, following a devastating attack on Sony Pictures last week. Over 11TB of data was allegedly stolen. Since then, a massive ~26GB dump of data including the personal details of Sony staff, including their names, addresses, social security numbers and more, has appeared online.

The hack coincided with the leak of several Sony Pictures movies, which have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times through torrent websites and other sources of pirated content.

An FBI investigation is currently under way into the extraordinary breach, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - aka North Korea - is near the top of the list of suspects, and you can read the reasons why that is the case right here.



In the absence of perpetrators being identified - and let's be honest if it was North Korea it won't lead to any prosecution - who shoulders the blame for the spread of stolen movies around the Internet?

According to Mike Weatherley, both web hosts and Internet Service providers need to step up and take responsibility for their part in this mess.

"Piracy is a huge international problem. The recent cyber-attack on Sony and subsequent release of films to illegal websites is just one high-profile example of how criminals exploit others' Intellectual Property," he told TorrentFreak. "Unfortunately, the theft of these films and their subsequent downloads has been facilitated by web-hosting companies and, ultimately, ISPs who do have to step-up and take some responsibility."

ISPs have already been drawn into the anti-piracy fight on multiple levels, the most obvious of which is the blocking of torrent sites at the behest of copyright holders. This strategy has largely failed to cut off access to sites however, since proxy sites keep showing up and there are many ways to avoid ISP-imposed blockades.


Sources and Recommended Reading:
ISPS MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SONY MOVIE LEAKS, MP SAYS: www.torrentfreak.com

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4 user comments

15.12.2014 09:50

Quote:
believes that Internet Service Providers and web hosting companies have to shoulder some of the responsibility for leaked Sony movies, following a massive hack.

Yeah, right.

Using that train of thought, the D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) should be partially to blame for drunk driving. You know, because they maintain the roads / highways which people drive drunk on.


25.12.2014 14:03

Originally posted by bhetrick:
Quote:
believes that Internet Service Providers and web hosting companies have to shoulder some of the responsibility for leaked Sony movies, following a massive hack.

Yeah, right.

Using that train of thought, the D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) should be partially to blame for drunk driving. You know, because they maintain the roads / highways which people drive drunk on.



That idiot should not even be in parliament and even worse if PM taking advice from him.....jeez

I mean can I blame him for our shoddy government then and poor advice he gave our PM, seeing as this is road he going down

35.12.2014 16:03

So.......because Sony's network is easily circumvented and hacked and their security sucks donkey balls.......??.........the ISPs should pay the price??

NO!

GO F YOURSELF YOU STUPID F'ING BRIT!

This advice coming from the originators of the English language, yet they can't say "Idea" w/o it being "Ideer" and "Ask" w/o it being "Aks". Add to that, Range/Land Rovers are the most unreliable pieces of sh*t, they are the ONLY people (Brit influenced countries too) to drive on the wrong side of the road when the rest of the world drives on the right side and their sense of humour sucks too.

Dumb subsect of people!!!

If the dumb Brits had their way, as they do clearly within London and the most concentrated presence of "big brother" (cameras, etc) they would gladly attempt full authoritative control over EVERYONE!

Proven by their once-was attempt to rule the world.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Dec 2014 @ 4:05

45.12.2014 16:39

Dam ! what he said ^^^...lol

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