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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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 18th, 2009 @ 12:25pm

    analogy

    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?

     

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    R. Miles, Feb 18th, 2009 @ 12:30pm

    Pondering.

    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.

    *sigh*

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

     

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    slightlyeskew, Feb 18th, 2009 @ 12:47pm

    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.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 18th, 2009 @ 12:56pm

    Re: The humble opinion of an IP law student.

    To be short and to the point, your opinion is wrong. Read the paper before commenting.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 18th, 2009 @ 1:05pm

    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!

     

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    JoeP, Feb 18th, 2009 @ 1:05pm

    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?

     

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    Chris, Feb 18th, 2009 @ 2:07pm

    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!

     

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    Your Gawd and Master, Feb 18th, 2009 @ 3:23pm

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

    I agree. I'm all for a totalitarian rule because I've observed that those who try to control chaos will find themselves surrounded by it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2009 @ 9:52am

    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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    Gene Cavanaugh, Feb 19th, 2009 @ 11:38am

    Entertainment Industry Abuses

    Right on, Michael! Without campaign finance reform, we can expect that eventually China, Iran, et al will be the more progressive nations compared to the US. Long way in the future, so maybe people will come to their senses in time.

     

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    Kharn, Feb 19th, 2009 @ 11:56am

    Re: analogy

    Dammit thats what i was going to say. They need to force UPS who knows that people must sending illegal stuff in some packages to search every package.

     

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    Phillip, Feb 19th, 2009 @ 1:14pm

    Re: The humble opinion of an IP law student.

    Even if you were correct, who should "monitor file sharing" (if at all) shouldn't be about who can do it the cheapest. It's the job of law enforcement to enforce the laws, not businesses.

     

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    another mike, Feb 23rd, 2009 @ 2:21pm

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

    Encrypted anonymizing proxy networks will become very popular in short order. My ISP will never know where I'm going or what I'm doing. Long live TOR!

     

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