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Originally posted by dameruth at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Relevant to folks' interests:
I like in the UK, but I know we have signed this agreement too, so it's only a matter of time I think

(this is an edited version of lk737's post here)

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:

"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. No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:


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Mar. 19th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
This pisses me off so much. First ACTA/etc, now this. And I want to know if this applies to streaming videos, which is basically all I do (if I download, it's through a third party application). This is seriously scary stuff.
Mar. 19th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
i can't say for certain, but i assume it applies to streaming because technically it has to download for you to be able to watch.

i'm physically unable to see a tv, or get to one to record programs, watching them online is the only way i can. it's like with dexter, i own the box sets but i often stream them instead because i'm unable to get a disc in or out of my computer myself. it's the one little bit of independence i have, i hatw that it's being taken away. i have to rely on others for everything right down to feeding, don't i deserve one little thing i can do myself?
Mar. 19th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
I was hoping to avoid that technicality. I really hope they don't come up with something like this is Spain, because I'm not going to be able to watch season 2 of Grimm otherwise. I guess I'll finally have to learn how a torrent works, though I don't know if that's off the hook.

That really sucks. These capitalist ***holes don't understand the most basic thing about today's digital world. Fandom is even free advertising. Most of the time, I don't watch a new show unless there's fandom for it. They are killing such a vital sector of fandom by pulling this crap. I want to scream at someone right now.
Mar. 20th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
woed of advice torrents are even less safe. most people had moved away from them to places like megaupload because trackers wer being slipped into the torrent. i don't know what people are using now, the whole system seems a bit up in the air

if you do go the torrent route make sure you get a decent ip mask.

the problem with this legal crap is they'll be watching how much bandwidth we're using, so whatever way we use it it might show up. i have heard of programs called trickle feeds though that let the show download really slowly. it would be annoying, but it might get past the censors
Mar. 20th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh, great. Never mind, then.

But monitoring bandwidth doesn't make sense. What if you're not watching an illegal video? Would this only work on certain sites? I hope that trickle feed thing works. I keep thinking that people will come up with a way to get past this. Someone has to. Please?
Mar. 20th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
i believe something will come along, but it may take a while. i know a few coders who are in an outrage about it too. if i get an update i'll pm you

and i know monitoring bandwidth is madness. over here the bbc put most of their shows online, i watch an hour or more on their most days, plus long skype conversations, i don't think they'll be able to tell the difference myse;f. but that probably means innocent people will be persecuted, because of course the government is always right /sarcasm
Mar. 20th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)

If they end up persecuting people who are watching legal copies of shows, they'll be shooting themselves in the foot. Of course, then they would just come up with a different way to do it, so we still wouldn't win anything. *sigh*
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