Russia Takes SOPA-Like Approach In Encouraging ISPs To Spy On Their Users

from the in-russia,-isp-spy-on-you! dept

Something that's proving popular with politicians running out of ideas for tackling unauthorized sharing of copyright materials online is to make ISPs and Web sites responsible for the actions of their users -- even though nobody would think of doing the same for telephone companies. SOPA was one of the best-known examples of this approach, and now it looks like Russia wants to join the club:

The cyber crime department of Russia’s Interior Ministry says it intends to get tough on the country’s ISPs when their customers share copyrighted or otherwise illegal material. Authorities say they are currently carrying out nationwide checks on ISPs' local networks and could bring prosecutions as early as next month.
The proposed legislation is a little unusual in that it seems to concern the exchange of unauthorized copies of copyright material across ISPs' local networks:
These networks, present within the ISPs’ own infrastructure, provide users’ access to a wealth of legal content and services such as Internet Relay Chat, but inevitably unauthorized content is available too.
As would have happened with SOPA, the inevitable consequence of passing this kind of law will be round-the-clock surveillance of Internet users by their ISPs -- not because the law requires it, but because the ISPs would be crazy not to given the financial risks they would run otherwise. The other knock-on effect, of course, is that people will just start swapping 2Tbyte portable hard discs full of unauthorized material by hand, bypassing the networks completely.

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Filed Under: liability, russia, sopa, surveillance

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    Drew (profile), 12 Apr 2012 @ 9:09pm

    In mother Russia file copyrights you.

    How many RIAA scum does it take to change a light bulb?


    1 to make up absurd loss charts.
    1 to spend millions on pointless tactics to prevent future burnouts.
    1 to suck someone in power off to get anti terrorist squad support.
    1 to hire outside companies to flood the market with fake light bulbs.
    1 to shut down all alternative bulb manufactures.
    1 to be their public speaker to spread news about how bad burnouts are and how every single one cost them a good 60 million per pop.
    1 to sacrifice a baby to Satan.
    93 to sue for the burnout in the first place.
    200 to push all the naysayers off a cliff.
    1 to sue me for making a 300 joke without authorization.


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