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:
Youtube video explaining this:
ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th
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The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.
Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users
It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.
Chaos for the Internet
Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.
Read this analysis from boing-boing.net
Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.
“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.” The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.
Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.
update: Ok I ate about 10 of them. I feel like I'm gonna hurl.
I am so sad that the Olympics are over. I have enjoyed every minute of them.
We should be so proud of all that our beautiful athletes
have accomplished. It's been 17 days of pure bliss for me.
My whole county cheered as one today. What a moment. I will never forget it.
Thank you Canada.
Oh and I want to kiss Sidney Crosby... a lot. Seriously.
- Current Mood:ecstatic
- Current Music:O Canada
I love Supernatural. I love this show. I love all the beautiful boys and girls. The story lines sucked me in right away. I watched 4 seasons in about 1 month. Every spare moment I had I watched. Even if it meant missing a day of work. (Hee I kid) Nothing has got me so excited since Due South in 2001. But why are "fans" of this show so mean to each other? I'm scared to look at any of the communities. The bashing of characters is one thing (Poor Sam and Castiel! How can you hate two such beautiful men? It's beyond me) but to personally attack a writer is just horribly sad to me! This is just a t.v show right?
And it's such a talented group of writers. Absolutely beautiful stories that have left me speechless and sometimes in tears. I haven't come across a bad one yet. I wish people would just show a little bit more kindness to each other and think before you press that enter button.
Just look at Ianto and Jack. That should make everybody happy right?
- Current Mood:disappointed
Flashpoint is good.
Hugh Dillon just got a little bit hotter.
Ok I said it