No but all of their IP's can be blocked.
Exactly what I do, I block tons of ips...
Edit: Still laughing at the last guy who thinks his internet will be better with this passed...
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:40
No but all of their IP's can be blocked.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:56
A slightly different point of view here:
I do not have cable TV (or satellite or fibre or som other paid-for delivery system). I do have broadband connections, but they are only for Internet usage (and, in some cases, telephone).
I do not use peer-to-peer file transfer networks to steal other companies intellectual property. I have a few programs (games) that use P2P mechanisms for updating themselves, but that's internal to the game client and does not involve any kind of copyright infringement.
If I want to watch something and it's not on Hulu, Vimeo or YouTube, I purchase the DVD or Blu-ray discs if I want to see it. For books and magazines, I can go to the bookstore and buy them, an online store like Amazon or Nook, or sometimes even directly to the publisher or author.
Personally, I look forward to having my Internet connection's speed, throughput and latency improve as the people who are abusing it through their criminal actions are kicked off.
Those are all going to improve after the infringers are removed from the equation and the networks are once again used for legitimate, legal activity, aren't they?
Posted 26 February 2013 - 15:07
Posted 26 February 2013 - 15:45
Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:24
The problem is that nothing is done about the real theft. The Pirates that burn 1000 of those DVD's that you buy and sell them on the corner. So what to these geniuses do? Go after the the little guy, the guy that may not even be aware that what he or she is doing is illegal. I also see that you would rather watch Hulu or YouTube than have a TV. You also have multiple broadband connections. I find this very interesting......
Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:21
As far as I know, the MPAA/RIAA go after these folks, too. On the government side, though, things seem to bit more nuanced: I was in a workshop a couple of years ago with the federal prosecutor who handles high-tech crime in my region, and he indicated that they have little interest in prosecuting non-commercial infringement; there are other crimes which are higher priority to them. On the other hand, if anyone was engaging in some kind of commercial activity around the infringement (i.e., attempting to sell pirated movies, software and so forth) they would go after them and seek maximum penalties... in order to make an example out of them.
The solution, in any case, seems very simple to me: Don't take things which don't belong to you.
Whether that is a physical object (a disc) or something less tangible (a file) seems irrelevant to me.
My parents brought me up to respect other people's property, even if the other person in this case happens to be some sort of horrible company with a trade association that is less liked than blood-sucking parasites.
The secret to winning this war is actually quite simple. Don't pirate things. And don't buy them, either. That includes paying for paying for services like cable TV.
Fundamentally, this is an economic problem, not a legal one: You certainly cannot out-spend (including money spent on legislation and legislators) these creators of content you find so desirous. The only thing you can do to affect them is to vote with your dollars. If enough people choose not to pay them for whatever pablum they are offering, the content creators will be forced to seek new markets and methods of distribution, and that's when you'll get what you want.
I do occasionally watch videos on YouTube (my employer's are great, by the way) and some shows on Hulu (the free service, not the paid one). But, if there's something that's compelling enough for me to watch it in full, I'll get the discs for it. Frankly, though, I spend more time reading. And, yes, I have multiple residences so I have multiple broadband connections. Only one per location, though. Sorry if I was unclear on that.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:34
You know what is also a problem.
I want to have HBO to legally watch Game of Thrones.
You see the problem is to have HBO i need to have TMN instead of Super Écran. Problem is i'm the only one to watch TV in english. So it's not possible to switch Super Écran to TMN unless i want to give up on sex ... so it's impossible for me to get HBO and legally watch Game of Thrones.
So what ******* **** ******* option do i ******* have for *** ****.
Those greedy ****** ******* ********. They want the butter and the money from it.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:35
Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:38
Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:51
a few weeks ago i heard a very blunt conversation on NPR. The host was interviewing a spokeswoman from TWC about this issue.
They got talking about Strikes 1-4. Basically, nothing happens. They might send you a letter, or put something on a website 'educating' you about piracy. At Strike 5, they make you sign a form and will throttle your connection. Same for Strike 6. Somewhere in this process they make you take an online course about piracy. Even after 6 strikes, TWC will do nothing. They will temporarily throttle your connection, but will not cancel your subscription or report you to the Feds. TWC will not risk losing a customer.
So, you could get 30 strikes and TWC will still do nothing further than throttle.
The Host of the show even asked the woman: "what can you do about people using such things as a VPN to hide their activity?" The woman said "nothing."
Posted 02 March 2013 - 22:23