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VF says

I’d rather have all my work pirated then being monitored.

Not everyone! ;) As long as the laws are friendly with freedom, monitoring is not an issue.

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organicbee says

this is nothing new, they’ve been monitoring downloads for years…. now they just have the ability to enforce it more.

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rvision_ says

I’d rather have all my work pirated then being monitored.

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adriandragne says

I’d rather have all my work pirated then being monitored.
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krafti says

I’d rather have all my work pirated then being monitored.

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WebSmacker says

People that freak out about this are probably the ones downloading illegal software. The US has been privately monitoring everyone online for years. At least they are letting us know they will be watching so we can think twice before clicking download :)

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squaredWeb says

I’m thrilled, I hope we get to stamp out a lot of piracy, at least from some downloaders: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/21347184/net-providers-begin-warning-of-illegal-downloads anyone who creates content (which gets pirated) should also be happy about this. Glad to see many filesharing sites were taken down last year, let’s hope this trend continues, to kill piracy.

Lets see how happy you are in a few years when they use all their shiny new tools to control more than just filesharing. I’d rather have all my stuff stolen than having the freedom of the internet limited step by step.

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PixelBin says

anyone who creates content (which gets pirated) should also be happy about this. Glad to see many filesharing sites were taken down last year, let’s hope this trend continues, to kill piracy.

Some people who create content don’t mind piracy and don’t actively seek out copyright infringements. I would rather prefer my activity not be watched with a magnifying glass than eradicate the odd rogue download that almost certainly wouldn’t result in a sale or any direct profit to me.

Remember, 9 times out of 10, people pirate content because it’s available, not because they can’t live without it. In even more cases, it doesn’t result in additional profit for the content creators. And in even even more cases, it results in additional exposure such in the case of the show Game of Thrones, which is one of the most pirated pieces of content on the web due to its lack of accessibility.

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lifwanian says

Sure we’ve all downloaded files illegally at some point, I have myself, but as PixelBin pointed out, most of the times its because it’s available.

Not only is this a monitoring issue, but also an issue on total internet control. The SOPA and PIPA bills had a very big impact on this, and you guys remember what the problem with those were, right?

Where do you draw the line? Will this stop at torrent sites? If they get away with it, I highly doubt it. I’m sure it would continue to sites like facebook and YouTube, where even a comment you write down could put you in risk of a lawsuit.

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joshhunsaker says

Ugh, this is really unfortunate. Who knows who they could go after and attack? Does anyone remember people’s dead grandmas getting “sued” by the RIAA? Viacom’s one that is also absolutely notorious for trying to claim ownership over content that isn’t even owned by Viacom. At points, it’s almost an arbitrary decision (so it seems) to in effect cantankerously attempt to take over content that certain companies’ just feel they should own (as stupid as this sounds it happens) if they are large or powerful enough entities.

Think about this for example, a particular consumer uses a ton bandwidth on an average month and it’s costing the ISP money. Now all the ISP has to do accuse them of file-sharing and throttle their bandwidth! Problem solved and the burden of proof is wholly on the consumer.

Just wait. The storm is coming.


this is nothing new, they’ve been monitoring downloads for years…. now they just have the ability to enforce it more.

Um, that’s like the difference between police being able to watch you commit a crime and stand idly by and police being able to take you to jail for watching the same crime. It’s something of a huge difference.

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