p2pnet news Freedom | P2P:- Virgin Media is trying to have its cake and eat it as Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG’s BPI (British Phonographic Industry) steps up so-called anti-piracy efforts.
In a spurious ‘education’ blitz, the BPI is demanding all UK ISPs, “sign up to a so-called three strikes policy – where users of file sharing networks get two warnings and are then disconnected if they are sharing copyright files”.
It’s, “prepared to back up the education campaign with legal action, including taking ISPs to court,” it says, and publicly supporting the effort, Virgin fired out 800 “warning” letters to users, telling them to steer clear of “unauthorised” P2P networks.
“If you don’t read this, your broadband could be disconnected,” it stated flatly.
But then, having made the threat, in a hasty retraction, there’s, “absolutely no possibility” of, “taking legal action or banning internet users as part of a campaign against illegal file-sharing on its broadband network,” it promised.
However, “It’s like this,” says Julie Strael in a p2pnet Reader’s Write, going on >>>
Corporate, recently-produced movies and music are 94 percent completely, utterly lame and uninteresting, anyway.
I use eMule to pirate copyrighted files, but do so because what I like to download is not available anywhere other than at locations which require me to use a credit card if I want to purchase them, and for many different, unrelated reasons I do not use, and will not ever be able to use or even wish to use, a credit card.
The stuff I download is obscure.
It’s mostly from the psychedelic-era 60′s and early ’70s, occasionally, from the more recent 30 years, but still underground, mostly, and very difficult to find even at used recording stores – the movies are certainly not Blockbuster rentals.
A lot of this stuff literally is not even available for purchase anywhere unless it’s special-ordered, which is quite expensive, again requires credit to be used most of the time. I am on a very fixed income because of disability and a few hard breaks that require me to funnel what little money I have into some means of securing shelter and food.
I just don’t have an entertainment budget.
The Big 4 are losing exactly $0.00 to me each time I download a file on eMule. If I get the file I don’t buy it. If I don’t get the file I don’t buy it.
However, I got a cease-and-desist from Warner last month.
Now I make a point of – as much as possible – refusing to buy ANYTHING from a subsidiary of this monolith and that’s a LOT of stuff, there.
They essentially made certain that for the rest of my life, when I DO have an entertainment budget, Warner won’t get a cent of it. If they’d not threatened to snip my pipe, I would still buy their products if I wanted to see a movie on a theatre screen with friends or own an album to play on my co-worker’s non-mp3-based sound system.
Filesharers need to ALL be doing this.
The big corporations might have all the money, power etc. but who gives it to them?
MAKE THEM SWEAT and understand they could forfeit a lot, if filesharing is taking that big a bite from them, what if every last one of them stopped buying ANY product made by a Warner subsidiary if Warner sends them a C&D via their ISP? If ten thousand filesharers did that, in a month.
I daresay some policy re-evaluation might start getting discussed.
Stay tuned, and check out Barack Obama and the RIAA.
And stay tuned.
. .Stumble It!
800 “warning” letters – Virgin shies away from anti-P2P threats, July 3, 2008
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