by Mike Masnick
Mon, Dec 20th 2010 4:20pm
One of the popular claims from entertainment industry supporters, who somehow want ISPs to be liable for file sharing, is that "ISPs profit from file sharing." We hear this over and over again. But there's little evidence that's true. It's not like most internet users wouldn't have internet access if they couldn't file share (that's another myth, where the industry overvalues its own content, without realizing there are other reasons to have an internet connection). However, even more evidence can be found in the fact that various ISPs continue to work so hard to throttle file sharing traffic because it actually costs them a lot in terms of bandwidth. The ISPs already have some incentives to minimize traffic hogging (even if their methods are crude and lame right now).
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