ISPs will begin sending alert mesages to illegal downloaders starting in 2015

By Justin Kahn
May 9, 2014
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  1. After four years of negotiations, the major UK internet providers have struck a deal with the entertainment industry on what will be done regarding internet piracy. Fortunately, for illegal downloaders that is, it will be less than a light slap...

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,523   +288

    Makes sense to me. In some cases it is difficult to determine if the download is a legit copy - even from YouTube and
  3. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    Legal download services does that mean they will also tell you to move to the US to watch your favourite TV show?

    Plus why punish the downloader and not the uploader?... oh wait that would mean punishing google, yahoo.. Which is extremely forbidden in the age of the unintelligent
    Sunny87, Jos and H3llion like this.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    LOL...a letter huh. Sure, that'll stop it, no doubt.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,936

    That's like leaving a bank vault door open with a notice saying "Keep out". Yeah, really effective.
    Sunny87 likes this.
  6. cartera

    cartera TS Addict Posts: 273   +64

    I already got one from my ISP. Slightly confused...
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    Century Link sent me a letter, just because the ISP only has to send you a letter does not mean the disney legal team cannot prosecute you. You can get like a 40k+ fine and prison time. I found some free solutions to keep them off your back, cyberghost and peerblock combined seems to do the trick. But I do not pirate it is illegal.

    Cyber ghost is the best free vpn I could find.
  8. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    In the case of legal streaming I agree with the sentiment that artists are not getting a large enough cut of the cash.
  9. I am from the UK, and I download a lot from Pirate Bay. How will they know that I did an illegal download?

    I always use a proxy IP, Located in the USA, in fact.:D
  10. Because it is not illegal to upload. However, it is illegal to distribute without the correct licence, plus it might be illegal to make a copy.
  11. This is bad
    a first step
    the end will be astronomical fines and prison time to some and small fines to all with isp bans to users
    no privacy on the internet anymore going from a free natural developing environment to a closed government controlled system with innovations if any coming only from the people in control and from money oriented position with least as possible freedom in mind to the user
  12. The isp`s have to consider the revenue they will lose from people who downgrade their service e.g from fibre etc to cheap broadband if they start kicking too much *** over downloading a few bits.
  13. hbernabe13

    hbernabe13 TS Rookie

    They are just bitching and complaining about you using their bandwidth for illegal downloading, wich you are paying for why do they care..
  14. What a dickbag move!! (n)
    Glad I dont live in that stupid place.... I will pirate a lot though! How else can I watch the animes, play older games, watch movies. Online streaming is hopeless in my place
  15. A proxy is just to cover up your web browsing history and say it's from a different IP, the download always goes to your IP unless you use a VPN so.
  16. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,294   +662

    I don't get this story at all. Many ISPs are already fully in bed with the media industry and will happily turn off a customer's Internet for DMCA violations, usually with no warning whatsoever. That's bad enough by itself, but the real problem is that its not that hard to spoof an IP so a lot of innocent people are getting framed. The serious pirates are almost impossible to catch without cooperation from countries who either don't really care or who actually make money from piracy (China, Brazil, etc).
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,456   +1,759

    Google has a new "trick". If you start doing a search for something which has had DCMA complaints filed on its behalf, the search engine blocks it, a puts up a BS story claiming, "we're getting odd search requests from your computer, like a robot, so would you mind filling out this captcha, before we allow you to continue.We "don't mind" you using our service...but... ......And that's when you punch up BING in another tab.
  18. So true. The only use for Bing XD

    Oh well, as soon as I get a letter I'll be investing in a good VPN.

    I'll change my tune when the media industry gives artists a proper share of the profits & releases media for a reasonable cost with a global release, not this long wait if you're anything but American.

    Actually wait, I think I lost my mind for a moment... I take it back, the MPAA & the RIAA can go f*** themselves.
  19. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    I have had to contend with the Google Captcpa. But I get it on a regular basis for straight forward searches. I am tempted to switch to an alternative search engine. If they don't fix the problem many others will switch and they could lose their advertising revenue.
  20. Also, a proxy IP address can be entered into the Bit Torrent client software configuration. Peer to Peer packet traffic will go through the particular proxy server concerned.

    They could outlaw proxy servers. A bit tricky, since some will be in Russia. They could start suing proxy server owners for facilitating piracy.

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