December 19th, 2008 11:04am
Majors Decide That Instead of Suing You, They’re Just Gonna Tell on You
As the WSJ and Media Memo, the Majors are beginning to shift from a “share-and-we’ll-sue” approach toward a new “share-and-we’ll-tell-your-ISP-to-dick-you-over” approach. The Majors have announced preliminary agreements with prominent ISPs (though they’re not saying exactly which ones), and the system will work like this: The labels will continue to sniff out sharers, and will then forward their complaints to the ISPs. The ISPs, in turn, will forward the messages to the customers, and “ask them to stop.”
“If the customers continue the file-sharing, they will get one or two more emails, perhaps accompanied by slower service from the provider. Finally, the ISP may cut off their access altogether.”
I could’ve sworn that this was a strategy that’s been for a hell of a long time- I can remember a friend of mine getting suspended by Time Warner in ’03. But how does this work today? In a time when the world is rife with unsecured wireless networks– how do you know who exactly is the offending party?
Wait a second, does this mean *everyone* is going to start getting paranoid and locking down their wireless networks?! Like, including my neighbors?! B-but, how will I get my internet then?!