Research Paper Shows How Useless It Is To Require ISPs To Be Copyright Cops

from the why-do-i-get-the-feeling-this-will-be-ignored dept

A bunch of folks have been sending in the link to Boing Boing’s report about a new research paper highlighting just how useless, ineffective and damaging it will be if governments or the entertainment industry force ISPs to start trying to crack down on file sharing. The researchers make a pretty compelling case (though, certainly, I was inclined to agree with them going in) that any such attempt will not do a damn thing to slow down file sharing, but will represent a significant risk of violating users’ privacy or disconnecting them from the internet for perfectly innocent actions. So, the next time we hear politicians pushing such a solution, it might be worth sending them a copy of this report — though, it probably won’t do much good if that politician has received enough campaign contributions from the entertainment industry.

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R. Miles says:


Interesting reading on BoingBoing. It made me think of Napster of old, and what would the world be like had Napster won, instead of losing.

I’m still in awe that Napster lost that case, and it seems to me this was a huge turning point for the entertainment industry to push forward on any site “infringing”.

Soon, writing anything online will be considered infringing. While we know facts can’t be copyrighted, I’m just waiting for the day when Webster (et al) start suing people for using words they published.


To the entertainment industry: Want my money? Stop screwing me over, jerks. Ooh! Another song downloaded!

slightlyeskew says:

The humble opinion of an IP law student.

Analyzing the situation from a law and economics perspective begs the question, “Who can regulate this behavior at the lowest cost.” I think the answer to this question has to be the ISPs. It would be more expensive for any other player in the field to try and prevent the copyright infringement. Now, this is completely avoiding the question of whether the attempt to regulate the behavior in the first place is an economically or philosophically productive behavior.

I haven’t read the article yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

Anonymous Coward says:

I dont care, I will continue to download, copy and share until they (RIAA, MPAA ETC. ) stop treating paying customers as criminals.

If my ISP agrees to police file sharring, I will turn off my connection.

Then I will start copying my media and giving it out to the masses.

Not 1 cent to them or anyone that supports them. ISP(S) included!

JoeP says:

Who can regulate for < $$

“Who can regulate this behavior at the lowest cost.”

Isn’t that like asking “Who can extinguish the sun at the lowest cost?” Once you figure out that 1) it’s not technically feasible and 2) it’s not really a good idea to extinguish the sun because our world be become an uninhabitable ball of ice in short order… Isn’t it kind of a moot point who can do it for the least monetary cost?

Chris says:

A new era of encrypted traffic coming soon to a home near you.

While I definitely don’t agree with any kind of monitoring of internet usage, these actions, if successful, will help give the online community the push it needs toward completely encrypted traffic. For years I’ve hypothesized that GPG and the likes hasn’t caught on because people are lazy and don’t feel that they need to protect what they say and do online. This feeling might change finally!

Anonymous Coward says:

One step further

“How come they dont charge the post office with drug trafficking when people mail drugs to each other? How come the post office isnt charged with mail fraud when people exploit the mail system for fraudulent purposes? How come an ISP is any different, they are just delivering packets instead of packages?”

How come they don’t charge the government with drug trafficking each time people exchange drugs in the USA?

How come the government isn’t charged with fraud every time someone in the USA is defrauded?

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