Big Brother is Real
According to BGR- "Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States will soon launch new programs to police their networks in an effort to catch digital pirates and stop illegal file-sharing. Major ISPs announced last summer that they had agreed to take new measures in an effort to prevent subscribers from illegally downloading copyrighted material, but the specifics surrounding the imminent antipiracy measures were not made available. Now, RIAA chief executive Cary Sherman has said that ISPs are ready to begin their efforts to curtail illegal movie, music and software downloads on July 12. “Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system,” Sherman said during a talk at the annual Association of American Publishers meeting, according to CNET. Measures will also be taken to establish databases “so they can keep track of repeat infringers, so they know that this is the first notice or the third notice. Every ISP has to do it differently depending on the architecture of its particular network. Some are nearing completion and others are a little further from completion.” Customers found to be illegally downloading copyrighted material will first receive one or two notifications from their ISPs, essentially stating that they have been caught. If the illegal downloads continue, subscribers will receive a new notice requesting acknowledgement that the notice has been received. Subsequent offenses can then result in bandwidth throttling and even service suspension. The news comes shortly after the closure of file-sharing giant Megaupload and increased pressure on other networks thought to be major hubs for the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. Some studies show that these measures have had no impact on piracy, however, so organizations like the RIAA have been lobbying for ISPs to intervene and develop systems that will allow them to police their networks and directly address subscribers who illegally download copyrighted content." I have so much to say about this topic, but most of it would sound very subjective and unprofessional. My main concern is if this program does get passed, wouldn't it be in violation of our right to privacy and freedom of speech? It could also be in violation of our privacy because this would mean that they would be monitoring our PERSONAL networks. It's clearly a violation of our freedom of expression because this would be a form of censorship. Just because SOPA didn't get passed, that doesn't mean you have to bring our personal ISP's into it. Also, does the government plan to try to stop hackers or pirates with this move? Take into consideration that simply due to the term, if they are a combination of both, they will simply find another way to use their PERSONAL network to pirate. Stop trying to restrict an open, independent, and ungoverned ecosystem. I do know of two possible ways that they could theoretically stop piracy and hackers, but this would essentially bring down the whole internet, which would affect more than just the hackers/pirates, but the normal civilians as well. Also, I just realized something, that if this program does go through, despite the people in the government swearing to protect the Constitution, it would also be in violation of that as well because the Constitution was set up so that no man (woman) has to fear another. By monitoring our systems, you would cause civilians paranoia-fear. I completely understand the desire to govern over others, but personally, I think that this is taking it too far. Edit: here is some more information on the matter- ISP's will pass costs to consumers but consumers have no say or control in the decision. Consumers will be paying to ISP to snoop on themselves and then get harassed on any large download. Cable companies as ISP's are monopolies. Hence they act anti-consumer, the way of most monopolies. Monopolistic power corrupts absolutely. Net result (pun intended :): Bad guys encrypt and good guys suffer as false positives. Life as usual... Know your rights: 1st Protects the freedom of religion, speech, and the press, as well as the right to assemble and petition the government 2nd Protects an individual's right to bear arms 3rd Prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time 4th Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause 5th Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy 6th Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser, to obtain witnesses and to retain counsel 7th Provides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law 8th Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment 9th Asserts the existence of unenumerated rights retained by the people 10th Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution 11th Immunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the state borders. Lays the foundation for sovereign immunity 12th Revises presidential election procedures 13th Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime 14th Defines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and deals with post-Civil War issues 15th Prohibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude 16th Allows the federal government to collect income tax 17th Establishes the direct election of United States Senators by popular vote 18th Establishes Prohibition of alcohol (Repealed by Twenty-first Amendment) 19th Establishes women's suffrage 20th Fixes the dates of term commencements for Congress (January 3) and the President (January 20); known as the "lame duck amendment" 21st Repeals the Eighteenth Amendment 22nd Limits the president to two terms, or a maximum of 10 years (i.e., if a Vice President serves not more than one half of a President's term, he or she can be elected to a further two terms) 24th Prohibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment of poll taxes 25th Codifies the Tyler Precedent; defines the process of presidential succession 26th Establishes the official voting age to be 18 years old. 27th Prevents laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until the beginning of the next session of Congress I expect someone with more power to start a petition for this... 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