Verizon rejects Hollywood's call to aid piracy fight

By on February 6, 2008, 10:12 AM
Hollywood wants ISPs such as AT&T and Verizon to help in its fight against piracy. But unlike AT&T, which is talking about developing a system that would identify and block illicitly copied material being sent over its network, Verizon has no intention of implementing filters at Hollywood’s request and the company has three good reasons to back its decision.

First of all, it opens the door for other organizations to make demands as to what should and shouldn't be allowed. Second, such actions would set a precedent and ISPs might be held responsible for future cases where they fail to block content. And lastly, Verizon considers that content filtering is basically an invasion of privacy and therefore not a practice to be used. All in all, it sounds like at least Verizon knows that providing clean, unrestricted bandwidth makes good business sense.

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Xempler said:
I have a better suggestion. Why not have video cameras set up in every home in the US and make everyone take mandatory lie detector tests on a weekly basis. In fact I think we should give Hollywood the power to imprison people at their discretion.
windmill007 said:
This is why I love Verizon as an ISP. At least there is one good ISP out there. I hope others lose customers to verizon as they try to invade our privacy more and more. I hope verizon rolls out FIOS to more and more areas and hurts the other bad companies bottom lines! That will teach them...hopefully.
thejedislayer said:
Thank god there's at least one smart ISP out there.
victis88 said:
[b]Originally posted by thejedislayer:[/b][quote]Thank god there's at least one smart ISP out there. [/quote]exactly! one that actually can see the whole picture
dickdowning said:
Just before AT&T sold out to Cingular to avoid getting nailed harder in the class action suite I made the mistake of switching to Cingular. AT&T screwed me out of $300 on that move. I got 2 $10 phone cards as reimbursement. While with Cingular I added one person to my calling plan and Cingular screwed me out of $275 for the 4 hours it took to get the person's phone number released. They claimed to have to set up a full month 1400 minute plan to cover the 4 hours it took to make the switch. AT&T of course bought back Cingular when the lawsuit settled. I was planning on switching from AT&T as soon as my contact runs out later this year. I was looking hard at Verizon and a couple of others as replacements. Based on Verizon's stand on the RIAA issue I will most definitely make the switch to them. At least I can tell an honest vendor this time. See you soon Verizon.
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