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19 March 2012 @ 07:00 pm
All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012  
Originally posted by zelda_zee at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by mickeym at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by nrrrdy_grrrl at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by mangacat201

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Seriously. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK WORLD.

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox News confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c



ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th


My ETA: JFC. I can't even.
 
 
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the female ghost of tom joad: you know nothing jon snowjanie_tangerine on March 19th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Gosh this is bordering on paranoid. Do they think that high internet usage always means doing illegal things? X_X this is just too stupid. At least since I'm not in the US I don't risk getting a 150k fine for downloading a couple screencaps, but like this they kill every kind of source from where I get the stuff I DL in the first place. And the entire thing is a total and complete invasion of privacy - what are these people even thinking? As if internet downloading is what kills the entertainment industry and not the industry's attitude. I can't even. I give up on understanding that reasoning, but at the same time I really hope they pull this back someway.

And me thinking that Sopa was the end of it. I knew nothing.......
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the female ghost of tom joad: asoiaf >> ashajanie_tangerine on March 19th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
I really just hope it doesn't go through after all if people protest enough. It's not even just about downloading, it's about privacy issues. What if I'm downloading a gigabyte's worth of family pictures that some relative sent me, do I get my internet shut down for that? :/// and why should I even inform another party of what I choose to do with my internet time anyway? This entire thing is just ridiculous. And I know about the PDFs - when writing my bachelor's thesis I had a bunch of 500-pages PDFs downloaded - now that could be an issue too? Really? if only they made the things people download illegally available online for reasonable fees I'm half-sure we wouldn't have these situations. Or if they understood tha tit's not a money-loss problem (I bought a lot of things that I checked out because I downloaded them for free first and that I'd have never had the chance to check otherwise). Let's hope it just gets retracted...
fragrantwoodsfragrantwoods on March 19th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Massively ignorant question...can they detect if it's actual illegal, torrent-type stuff, or does usage look the same if you're downloading a purchased movie, photos, etc? Because the idea that all the money I send Time Warner every month isn't enough to support any amount of downloading I want...grumble, grumble, do corporations and Big Important People not have more important things to do?
the female ghost of tom joad: fuck everything and be a piratejanie_tangerine on March 19th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I think they'd get suspicious at any over-the-top amount (who knows what) and then they'd go detect which files you got (or at least from what I gathered from the letter, the privacy breach would also happen because they'd know that you're downloading a torrent or something illegal) and proceed to fine you/warn you accordingly, but I could be wrong. Then again I'd hardly consider downloading screencaps illegal (if I take mine from my own dvds that I purchased legally how is it illegal?) but apparently it's counted, so... I give up on these people. Big Important People should realize that they should worry about their policies rather than about illegal downloading. (IE: I buy a lot of music, but let's say I want to try a new band. I won't go spending twenty euros on a new cd of theirs, because then what if I hate it? If I download it and I like it then I'll get it, while if I can't try before I won't buy at all. So they actually make money out of my illegal downloading. Same for tv shows and DVDs. Meh. If only they understood it.)
A.vella_amor_dm on March 20th, 2012 09:58 am (UTC)
crying tears of blood ;________;
the female ghost of tom joad: 1984janie_tangerine on March 20th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
doing it with you ;______________;
cassiopeia7: Castiel: future!Cas_what is this fuckerycassiopeia7 on March 20th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." :(

We really do seem to be heading down that road.

your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

So, aside from literally peeking into your internet inbox, how does your ISP determine whether you're making a legal download from iTunes, Amazon, etc., or a torrent? I do not see this ending well.
the female ghost of tom joad: 1984janie_tangerine on March 20th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
I know? :////// I just - ew. That's why I think everyone should read that book. Maybe they'd be more careful. Or they'd recognize things for what they are.

Also THAT. People can download all kinds of legal things off the net, what about that? I really hope someone stops this thing before it goes through - it's just too shady and reeks of paranoia :///
cassiopeia7: Uriel: is not amused.cassiopeia7 on March 20th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
I really hope someone stops this thing before it goes through - it's just too shady and reeks of paranoia

Aww, man, you and me both. I only hope the current administration takes note of this crapola and hits the kill switch quick. (Alas, the U.S. has entered the silly season -- election season -- and there's a ton of other crazy propositions flying around too.)

As usual, your icon is spot-on PERFECT. The public's ignorance really IS strength -- for the people trying to push this thing through. D: