Gaming Should we be afraid of July 12th?

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Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other Internet service providers 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 12th. Read on for more.

So, they can't crack down users outise US borders, right?
 

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In short, no.

They did something similar in the UK. The copyright owners get the IP addresses of offenders, send them all to ISPs to compare to their records and you can guess the rest. However, I've not heard of anything happening to anyone. Most ISPs have blocked that torrent site (My own ISP only did it very recently though) But people just use that other popular one. Eventually everyone will just use TOR, I2P and other similar things to overcome all of this. "Crackdowns" like this have never worked. I just think it's a disgrace that so much is spent on finding people who download the odd game/movie and not kiddie porn.
 
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I'm most likely not. >.< Running a homebrew Comcast modem, so in addition to pretty nice speeds I also don't have to pay for it. So in short, I'm pretty certain they can't take away my interwebs if I'm not subscribed to their service. ^-^
 

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If media trends are anything to go by, kiddie porn is no longer a public concern. Rather, the only two activities getting media attention are illegal online activities (hacking and piracy hand in hand) and stripping away the anonymity of internet "trolls" who make obscene/threatening comments at people in real life.

That's why there's so much pressure on ISPs (who actually can fish up the records for the above activities) to give online authorities full access to their records. It's not so much about cracking down on criminals as much as scare tactics.
 

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In short, no.

They did something similar in the UK. The copyright owners get the IP addresses of offenders, send them all to ISPs to compare to their records and you can guess the rest. However, I've not heard of anything happening to anyone. Most ISPs have blocked that torrent site (My own ISP only did it very recently though) But people just use that other popular one. Eventually everyone will just use TOR, I2P and other similar things to overcome all of this. "Crackdowns" like this have never worked. I just think it's a disgrace that so much is spent on finding people who download the odd game/movie and not kiddie porn.
Except they're going to use child porn as an excuse to do away with services like I2P and TOR once the pirates move to it.
 

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Nothing to fear in my France and i barely pirate anymore anyway, only few movies and series very casually. I doubt it will change anything unless you are a hella pirate running xxx pc 24/7 to get stuff, hence more then likely stealing financial profit from reselling pirated data.
 

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Welp, today is the day.

I wondering how my ISP is going to handle this :unsure:
Today's the 1st not the 12th. :P

As far as the effectiveness of this mandate goes, wouldn't per download encryption make it impossible for ISPs to identify any files being transmitted on download sites?
 

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I'm most likely not. >.< Running a homebrew Comcast modem, so in addition to pretty nice speeds I also don't have to pay for it. So in short, I'm pretty certain they can't take away my interwebs if I'm not subscribed to their service. ^-^
What is a comcast modem?
 

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Welp, today is the day.

I wondering how my ISP is going to handle this :unsure:
Today's the 1st not the 12th. :P

As far as the effectiveness of this mandate goes, wouldn't per download encryption make it impossible for ISPs to identify any files being transmitted on download sites?

According to this article it's suppose to start today :P
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-57397452-261/riaa-chief-isps-to-start-policing-copyright-by-july-1/
 

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Your privacy has never truly existed. The only difference between before and now is that they're not hiding the fact they're watching you anymore, and they're publicly trying to gain more power to police the Internet.

Honestly, they should read up a lil on European history and what happens when you suppress freedom of speech/thought.
EDIT: to add, the internet is supposed to the last free realm left where people can do whatever they want... Which is the opposite of how society works, and that's what scares people.
 

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I don't like the fact that our privacy is gonna go down.

I read this as:
"I don't like the fact that ISPs will actually be paying attention to what copyrighted content we illegally view/listen to/play using their services..."




EDIT: to add, the internet is supposed to the last free realm left where people can do whatever they want... Which is the opposite of how society works, and that's what scares people.
Actually, that isn't what the internet is supposed to be... That's just what low morals/scruples have turned it into.
 

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What is a comcast modem?

Comcast is an ISP based in the US. While the customer service isn't the best, their speeds are pretty darn good for the price; they even have 100mbps connections in some areas. Wish my apartment complex had them.

http://www.ebay.com/...#ht_1510wt_1270

^Homebrew modem. Bypasses the Gateway that Comcast has to activate, in order for it to get service. Plug your coax cable into it, and you're set. I guess it works with other ISPs too. Incredible cheap too. I could be wrong. >.< If I am correct me.

Yep, says in the description. (Works with most major US ISPs.)
 
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