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[Feb. 12th, 2008|02:24 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
This is obviously the worst idea in the history of everything, but although pretty much everyone here agrees, only about 1% agree for sensible reasons related to the issue at hand without just using it as an excuse to hook their grievances about how badly smokers/fathers/white middle class males are treated. The main reason it's a bad idea is the complete impracticability of it all - file sharing applications have many legitimate uses - Linux distributions, for example, are often downloaded via bittorrent - so to simply assume that file sharing traffic is teh illegal downloadz is impossible, which means the content will need to be monitored, which is bot impractical, and when everybody moves to encrypting their peer to perr stuff after this comes in, impossible.

Mind, you the ISPs want to be careful about saying stuff like "ISPs bear no liability for illegal file sharing as the content is not hosted on their servers". *cough* Usenet *cough*
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[User Picture]From: caramel_betty
2008-02-12 02:28 pm (UTC)
Many ISPs don't have binary content anymore. Way too much hassle. Quite a lot don't have Usenet access at all, either.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-02-12 03:02 pm (UTC)
I gave up on ISP news servers years ago. Giganews FTW!
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2008-02-12 03:10 pm (UTC)
*blocks port 119 at Dover*
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-02-12 04:55 pm (UTC)
Wah!
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[User Picture]From: braisedbywolves
2008-02-12 02:34 pm (UTC)
Haha the Have Your Say quote = "Isn't it strange that when corporations start loosing money the Government acts quickly to stamp it out" for certain very slow versions of quickly!
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From: mooism
2008-02-12 03:06 pm (UTC)
This is another way copyright holders could fight unauthorised torrenting, which shouldn’t disrupt authorised file sharing, and would work even if the p2p connections are encrypted.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2008-02-12 03:11 pm (UTC)
Do you know what the Lib Dem position on this is?
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From: mooism
2008-02-12 03:22 pm (UTC)
Not offhand, although Lib Dems in the UK Parliament are generally more clued up about this sort of thing than Lib Dems in the EU Parliament.
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[User Picture]From: bengraham
2008-02-13 10:47 am (UTC)
I doubt much will come from this. It's not in the ISPs' interests to cut off what would probably be the vast majority of their subscribers. Can you imagine the impact on BT's business if they had to close the accounts of everyone who is downloading films, TV shows and music? It could bankrupt them!
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