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Banned From The Internet For File Sharing?

Internet service providers are cooperating more and more with copyright holders to crack down on illegal downloading and peer-to-peer file-sharing.

Becky Waring published a very interesting ’round-up’ look at the current state of the ‘battle’ between copyright holders (primarily RIAA) and the very popular (yet largely illegal) “Torrent” P2P file-sharing phenomenon on Windows Secrets.

There are some tough new laws recently enacted, or under consideration, in many countries following the recent convictions of the operators of the popular Pirates Bay Torrent search engine in Sweden ... laws that could get people “blacklisted” from the Internet.

Internet Service Providers are coming under increasing pressure to use technology to identify people using Torrent applications and punish them, and Torrent users are using technology to escape detection. This ‘battle’ poses some very serious questions about the issues of privacy and technology.

Ms. Waring has done an excellent job with this article, and I invite my readers to read it. Please click the link below.

ISPs assist in cutting off file-sharing users

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  1. The songs and movies that are available for free access can be downloaded in a matter of seconds depending on your connection speed. There is no limit to the amount of songs or movies that an individual can download at one given time. This is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways in which an individual can build a personal music and film library on their computer.


    Comment by limewire download | December 8, 2010 | Reply

    • limewire download,
      It’s also illegal as well as immoral.

      Not to mention, a sure-fire way to get your computer pwned by some hacker.

      But, hey, why pay for stuff, right? Only suckers do that.


      Comment by techpaul | December 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. Over one-hundred million artists and billions of songs, movies and games are available for free download. Many of the free music download sites will require that the user register. This means that the user must give their name, zip code and other personal information. This is for registration use only. Once an individual has registered with a free download site then that individual is given access to thousands and thousands of files.


    Comment by limewire download | December 8, 2010 | Reply

  3. Folks,
    “limewire download” has used two different email addresses, and seems to be writing in from both Brazil and Indonesia.

    he/she wants you to download the “Bit Torrent” client LimeWire, and is offering free movies and songs as the enticement.

    This is very common (and popular) with the “kids of today”.

    I offer you counsel in the opposite direction. I will tell you that most, if not all the machines I am called in to remove malware infections from had LimeWire (or one of its kin) installed. And realize, that if there are ‘downloaded’ music and movies on there, you can be arrested and fined and/or sued.

    Go take a look at your child’s computer. If you see LimeWire, uninstall it, and tell them about copyright laws, and hackers. (Maybe, read this too, Woman fined to tune of $1.9 million for illegal downloads. Yeah. $80,000 per song was the penalty.. So, “thanks, limewire download. But no thanks”.)


    Comment by techpaul | December 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. I’m a strong advocate of paying for things that you own. Should we have free cars and homes? Free computers perhaps? Might be nice, but the economy would quickly collapse.

    Artists have intellectual property rights to their music. Did you know that these artists only receive a dime or so for each copy of a song they sell? By sharing music you are in essence stealing the very livelihoods of those artists. How would you react to someone taking a slice of your income? Daily. Millions of times. Would you not get up in arms and demand a stop to it? It’s a matter of conscience IMHO.

    When the DMCA of 1998 was passed, I had mixed emotions. I wanted to be able to make a copy of my digital media (DVDs) so that I could store the original in a safe place and let my peanut butter fingered careless grandchildren use the copies. Nevertheless, it is illegal, and it presents the temptation to also make a copy for Grandma and your best friend. Additionally, the darn things are on sale for 5 bucks by the time they might get damaged anyway.

    I stopped all attempts to copy digital media unless allowed by the manufacturer when the law passed. Many software companies allow one copy to be made for backup purposes.

    From my understanding of the DMCA, you can “rip” your CDs and Vinyl recordings into MP3 format for your listening pleasure on your iPod or other MP3 player. I have thousands of songs from my collection that started in 1960. I have purchased some from iTunes, but very few. I have more music than I could listen to in a month just from my own collection. OK, I’m an old geezer that doesn’t like rap music, but if I did enjoy that kind of stuff I would buy it, not steal it.

    Come on kids. Think about what you are doing. You have enough money to buy that ear shattering sound system. Buy the music to play on it!

    That’s my stand. I hope some of you people that persist in P2P file sharing will take my comments to heart.


    Comment by KsTinMan | December 9, 2010 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      Peer-to-peer file “sharing” is one of those But Everybody Does It things.

      Also, many (anti-Capitalists) would love to see the Western economy collapse, as that would lead to government collapse. (There’s more anarchists out there than you might think..)
      Many would answer “yes” to your first questions.

      But, I too, hope your words will lead some to rethink their current behavior.


      Comment by techpaul | December 9, 2010 | Reply

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