There is only one flaw in your logic. They are going to need to monitor all
traffic in order to determine whether it is P2P piracy or legitimate use.
Since most P2P encrypts data end to end they will have to use a broad
definition to guess what is illegal and will wind up thrashing legitimate
traffic. Of course how would you feel if all your mail was opened and read
by the government in order to clamp down on fraudulent use of the mail? I
don't fileshare but I surely don't want any ISP given the right to examine
ANY of my transmissions. Can you picture the phone company monitoring phone
calls to make sure you are committing crimes?
Mark R. Cusumano
Skype Name: mark.cusumano
"forty-nine" <110001@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:fm68oe$k3l$1@xxxxxx
> It's not big brother.
> It's called stopping thieves from illegally sharing DVD's and music.
> Go to Best Buy and try "file sharing" by sticking 10 CD's in your pocket.
> Only thieves would categorize theft control as "big brother"
> "Not Me" <cargod01@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> And that surprises you how?
>> With Big Brother shouldering his way into everything else (gun control,
>> trans fat bans, smoking bans, etc) it doesn't surprise me a bit.
>> "jim" <jim@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> January 8, 2008, 7:07 pm
>>> AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter
>>> By Brad Stone
>>> For the past fifteen years, Internet service providers have acted - to
>>> use an old cliche - as wide-open information super-highways, letting
>>> data flow uninterrupted and unimpeded between users and the Internet.
>>> But ISPs may be about to embrace a new metaphor: traffic cop.
>>> At a small panel discussion about digital piracy here at NBC's booth on
>>> the Consumer Electronics Show floor, representatives from NBC,
>>> Microsoft, several digital filtering companies and telecom giant AT&T
>>> said the time was right to start filtering for copyrighted content at
>>> the network level.
>>> Such filtering for pirated material already occurs on sites like YouTube
>>> and Microsoft's Soapbox, and on some university networks.
>>> Network-level filtering means your Internet service provider - Comcast,
>>> AT&T, EarthLink, or whoever you send that monthly check to - could soon
>>> start sniffing your digital packets, looking for material that infringes
>>> on someone's copyright.
>>> "What we are already doing to address piracy hasn't been working.
>>> There's no secret there," said James Cicconi, senior vice president,
>>> external & legal affairs for AT&T.
>>> Mr. Cicconi said that AT&T has been talking to technology companies, and
>>> members of the MPAA and RIAA, for the last six months about implementing
>>> digital fingerprinting techniques on the network level.
>>> "We are very interested in a technology based solution and we think a
>>> network-based solution is the optimal way to approach this," he said.
>>> "We recognize we are not there yet but there are a lot of promising
>>> technologies. But we are having an open discussion with a number of
>>> content companies, including NBC Universal, to try to explore various
>>> technologies that are out there."
>>> Internet civil rights organizations oppose network-level filtering,
>>> arguing that it amounts to Big Brother monitoring of free speech, and
>>> that such filtering could block the use of material that may fall under
>>> fair-use legal provisions - uses like parody, which enrich our culture.
>>> Rick Cotton, the general counsel of NBC Universal, who has led the
>>> company's fights against companies like YouTube for the last three
>>> years, clearly doesn't have much tolerance for that line of thinking.
>>> "The volume of peer-to-peer traffic online, dominated by copyrighted
>>> materials, is overwhelming. That clearly should not be an acceptable,
>>> continuing status," he said. "The question is how we collectively
>>> collaborate to address this."
>>> I asked the panelists how they would respond to objections from their
>>> customers over network level filtering - for example, the kind of angry
>>> outcry Comcast saw last year, when it was accused of clamping down on
>>> BitTorrent traffic on its network.
>>> "Whatever we do has to pass muster with consumers and with policy
>>> standards. There is going to be a spotlight on it," said Mr. Cicconi of
>>> After the session, he told me that ISPs like AT&T would have to handle
>>> such network filtering delicately, and do more than just stop an upload
>>> dead in its tracks, or send a legalistic cease and desist form letter to
>>> a customer. "We've got to figure out a friendly way to do it, there's no
>>> doubt about it," he said.