IFPI Continues To Pressure ISPs; ISPs Start Pushing Back

from the good-for-them dept

We've seen over the past few months that the IFPI has started a world-wide strategy of suing ISPs for not stopping file sharing. This is silly, of course. An ISP should not be responsible for what people do on its network, and forcing them to cut off a lot of perfectly legal activities just to protect an obsolete business model is especially troublesome. Unfortunately, the IFPI's early successes have only emboldened the group, leading to more pressure and more lawsuits. Luckily, at least some ISPs are standing up to the pressure. TorrentFreak notes that Swedish ISP TeliaSonera is aggressively pushing back against legal threats from the IFPI, noting that it has no legal responsibility to cut off file sharer, and the IFPI is really pushing its luck trying to claim otherwise. Somehow, we doubt that the IFPI is going to give up so easily -- and it certainly would be nice to have an ISP win one of these battles in court, so stay tuned...
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Filed Under: file sharing, ifpi, isps, liability
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  • identicon
    troye, 28 Mar 2008 @ 2:19pm

    these people are killing themselves and us in the

    The goal is to stop illegal filesharing.

    The ways that I can illegally fileshare are:
    usenet
    bittorrent
    gnutella
    download it off of a file server (Rapidshare, etc.)
    sneaker net
    at a lan party

    My ISP can ATTEMPT to stop me, but they will fail. Why don't these people start selling their content online without DRM for a fair price. It's just beyond me.

    I mean, it's not as if these content providers will stop illegal filesharing. The more attention they give to it, the more they lose.

    And if these content creators do stop illegal filesharers, our society will die. As silly laws will be created to cater to those rich stupid people (people who own the content company)that infringe and erode ALL our civil liberties.

    I warn you all!

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 28 Mar 2008 @ 2:57pm

      Re: these people are killing themselves and us in

      Thanks for the Rapidshare lead. This is how I get all of my filesharing tips! Great work!

      Thanks IFPI

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        HrilL, 28 Mar 2008 @ 4:21pm

        Re: Re: these people are killing themselves and us

        you need a site that they update on to. They as in the file sharers as you can not search for or browse files on rapidshare. This is also a reason why the files never get hit with take down notices.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Mar 2008 @ 2:41pm

    I had an accident a while back, I think that I'm going to be suing the state for allowing me to have an accident on their road. It's only fair after all. They should know better.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Mar 2008 @ 8:50pm

    It would be funny if an ISP had to cut the IFPI internet connection because they were pirating content.

    Would that be considered poetic justice ?

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  • identicon
    yo momma, 28 Mar 2008 @ 8:57pm

    I prefer janusvm sometimes.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 30 Mar 2008 @ 8:35am

    Wouldn't it be fantastic if the "AA" (RIAA, MPAA, IFPI, etc) opposition gets to claim a "significant victory" in the fight against oppression?

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  • identicon
    uNoWhO, 31 Mar 2008 @ 7:32am

    wouldnt it be even better if they asked there own isp to block other users from BT and they had to stop putting out fake/trap .torrent files or even better there isp stops service on there net accounts due to illegal activities (threats, illegal emails, fruad, acting like they are a authority when they have no jurisdiction, lol maybe even impersonating a government offical)

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