Britain moves against illegal file sharing

Britain moves against illegal file sharing

Summary: CBC News out of Canada is reporting that British ISPs are making an aggressive move against illegal file sharing by implementing a program designed to discover copyright violators, who will be sent warning letters and may potentially have their internet connections disconnected.For more on the article, read below.

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CBC News out of Canada is reporting that British ISPs are making an aggressive move against illegal file sharing by implementing a program designed to discover copyright violators, who will be sent warning letters and may potentially have their internet connections disconnected.

For more on the article, read below.

The article states:

Under the agreement announced Thursday between the British film and music industries, telecommunications regulator Ofcom and the country's six biggest ISPs — BT, Virgin Media, BSkyB, Carphone Warehouse, Orange and Tiscali — people who illegally share copyrighted files over the internet will receive weekly letters warning them that they are being monitored.

The program will be tested for three months while the parties discuss how to best take action against the estimated six million Britons who illegally share files.

So what they are planning to do with people caught is pretty interesting.  The article states that they may consider implementing a "three-strikes-you're-out rule" where violators would have their service terminated after three warnings.  They've also considered other options, including traffic throttling violators speeds as a number of ISPs in the good old US of A are already doing.

The article states:

Britain's goal is to reduce illegal file sharing by up to 80 per cent over the next two to three years, according to The Guardian.

It's an interesting topic, but I don't think anyone's seen a major decline in file sharing as a result of these laws.  I still wonder how much of it is people wanting to steal their files, and how much it is people liking the convenience and freedom of file sharing.  I personally by all of my music off of iTunes now, but I hate the fact that if I'm listening to something, I can't easily send it to one of my friends for him to check out.  I think this actually hurts some bands.  For example, my favorite band (which has sense broke up) is Dispatch.  They're were a band that I never would've heard about if not for file sharing with other user's who had similar music interests.  Guess what?  I own every Dispatch CD, DVD, many T-shirts, and since the band has broken up, I've purchased every CD from each of the band member's new projects.  I would say the band should be pretty happy that I had a friend share their music with me... maybe file sharing is not so terrible?

By the way, thanks to Dave Lewis from Liquidmatrix Security Digest for publishing enough good stories out of and about Canada to make me add a few Canadian sites to my RSS feeds for some decent stories.


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  • Would like to know how they will determine this.

    I think they are going to have significant problems with this.

    Briton can do what they want, the people there seem to be unwilling to stop their government from making so many laws they are in "freedom chains"....

    I sincerely hope that they realize that soo many people are sharing that they have to give up or lose so much money they go out of business.

    Throttling could work, but will that stop isp hopping? They again will lose money to competitors.

    1)Are they going to share the data between ISPs to stop connection hoping?
    2)What about ISPs that provide satillite service around the world?
    3)What about encryption? File sharing programs are quickly moving to encrypt traffic, thus making it impossible to identify violators.
    4)Will booting people off the internet really be for the greater good? Kids education? Expansion of Ideas?
    • All good questions

      We'll have to wait till things are in motion to see how they handle it.

  • What are the laws?

    I download something from You Tube and put it in my site without giving credit to or getting permission from the author.This is all done inside of MY computer.The Internet is a different kind of animal.It could be that if it's on the Internet anybody can use it without permission.
  • If I write music or do art---

    Then upload it to a site so my work can be viewed and it ends up as art on ET or Kimmel's guest band plays the song what recourse do I,a starving artist,have.
    • Are you authorized to produce Music/Art?

      Then pay us (Cartel) A Fee!!

      This whole mess with profiling internet users? who pay all bills, software applications, CDs, DVDs and so on as ?criminals without any civilized world rights? is created to dismantle building up competition in entertainment area. They (Entertainment Cartel) call a fee-or-pay for all ?copyrighted art? ?royalties, because THEY think they are in position to call them selves KINGS.

      Therefore THEY don?t like if anyone can put any Art for free on internet, and they might go even further truing to put ?royal? tax on all internet users around the world. Big labels can even share their ?useless copyrighted songs portfolio? on internet using third party and then they can show this as ?evidence? as everyone is thief. There always will be families/students/others who ?find? something free on Internet, and therefore Internet as a whole will be attacked as ?pirate?s? media.
    • ASCAP or BMI makes it easier

      But even if you don't have an organization help fight your case, it's still copyright violation. Find a greedy lawyer that'll take your case for a lion's share of the rewards.
  • Bad English

    I personally by all of my music
    I personally buy all of my music

    which has sense broke up
    which has since broken up

    They?re were a band that I never
    They?re a band that I never

    sharing with other user?s who
    sharing with other users who
    • Kind of sad, really

      If this were just any blog on the Internet, I'd call you a pedantic troll. But seriously, isn't this guy getting paid for this job as a journalist? Doesn't ZDNET live up to any standards?
      • "Doesn't ZDNET live up to any standards?"

        It obviously has no standards at all if it employs
        journalists who can't use correct grammar. This has to
        be one of the worst written articles I've read on this
        site. As for illegal file sharing, if it goes on long
        enough it will seriously hurt the ones at the bottom--
        musicians, actors, etc. Would Mr McFeters really like
        his favourite band to go broke, despite its popularity,
        because the files he shared with his friend have since
        been shared with hundreds, maybe thousands, of other
        Laraine Anne Barker
        • Irony at its finest.

          And the irony is, it gets responded to by people who cannot use the full version of a word and have to resort to abbreviations.

          Even more amusing is the term "doesn't", which actually uses the same number of letters but looks like lazy talk. Oh sorry, it has an extra space in the non-abbreviated version. I guess typing that extra space is just too much hard work when there are serious issues on the go eh?
          • Call "doesn't" whatever you want...

            ...but it's absolutely correct. Using contractions isn't the issue here (we aren't writing term papers on Emily Dickinson, after all); the issue is that this person is being PAID to write, yet can't spare the time to make sure he's using the right "by" or "sense".
          • Keep some perspective please

            This is NOT my full time job as it is with a number of other bloggers on ZDNet. My goal is to focus on the technical content and do the best I can without killing myself over small issues like contractions and improper usage of by vs. buy.

          • Wonderful irony

            I'm just curious as to how people would react if people came into their place of work and performed grammar checks like this. Surely I can work harder on grammar issues, and will continue to strive to do so; however, I was brought on to be a technical voice, not the foremost expert on the proper usage of the English language.

            I think there's a proper way to bring this up, and it is not in the talkbacks of my blog, challenging my professionalism. My profession is not that of a journalist, despite my moonlighting here at ZDNet. I'm a professional security consultant and security researcher. I can promise you that those whitepapers and client reports go through much more QA and second-level reviews to ensure the best quality possible, but that's just not possible with simple blog entries.

            Realize this is a part time job that I do because I enjoy it.

          • Irony at its finest.

            Hard work, like putting the comma between "go" and "eh?", eh?
        • First off

          I'm not a journalist. I'm a security researcher that writes for a blog. If you expect perfect grammar, you've come to the wrong place. Furthermore, to point them out in the trackbacks and call out my professionalism is unreasonable. As I've mentioned before, this is a part time job, and I have a real job consulting and performing research.

          I'm not writing term papers, white papers, or for a newspaper. I'm writing blog entries. Let's keep that perspective. As I've said before, the proper way to call out grammar issues is through an email to me. Talk about professionalism... I don't roll out to your job and spell check your emails do I?

          In any case, the technical merit of my articles is why ZDNet has brought me in. I can speak to stories that other writers can't, because I am on the ground performing the research or working with the researchers being written about in many cases.

          As for my favorite band, they're doing just fine. They've made a lot of money, and I'm sure as a small label artist, they're thrilled with how file sharing catapulted them to their current success. They likely would not have been such a well known band without that.

      • ZDNet standards

        I am relatively new to ZDNet. I would say apparantly NO!
        • Being relatively new to ZDNet...

          I think you would be smart enough to reserve the right to comment on such things until you've had a larger sampling of the product. I've never claimed to be a journalist, or an English major. I do a reasonable job, the stories are understandable, and I'm far more focused on the technical quality of the entries then on if I used its vs. it's properly.

  • RE: Britain moves against illegal file sharing

    How will they know you are doing something wrong?

    It's simple: if you send a music file, you are doing something wrong.

    Music is illegal. Don't be caught with it!
    • Exactly!

      Buying an Amy Winehouse or Pete Doherty record (or any other drug fuelled pretend artiste) funds drug crime. Every record you buy is one more stash of heroin or cocaine for them.

      Put an end to drug crime, stop buying drug using artist's records NOW!!!

      I do buy all my music, being an audiophile (and very amateur musician) I hate MP3's but I will not buy the records of drug fueled morons, they are the ones that deserve piracy. I'd like to see losers like them forced out of the industry.
      • RE: Exactly!!!


        Well made point!!!