p2pnet view P2P | Freedom:- The Pirate Bay and Usenet’s “reincarnated NewzBin2″ are among some 100 file-sharing and cyberlocker websites UK ISPs want to block under a new “voluntary code” currently being discussed, says Unite the Cows.
It comes “as ISPs BT and TalkTalk won a Judicial review of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) resulting in a 2 year delay on it’s implementation”, says the post, going on >>>
The voluntary code is a planned workaround to the delay in the DEA and rights holders attempt to curb file sharing. If passed the code would see rights holders pass evidence of websites that “facilitate” illegal file sharing to ISPs who would then block access to the sites in question. However, ISPs are reluctent and are pushing for a high court judge to approve any site blocking.
Also under discussion is the question of who should “pay compensation to sites that successfully appeal a blockage” — ISPs or rights holders, the story adds.
The Act, one of the Three Strikes and you’re Off The Net ‘laws’ dreamed up by Hollywood and the Big 4 record labels, and fronted by cooperative governments acting as corporate copyright enforcers paid out of public funds, was to have be implemented in January.
But a judicial reviewand a “series of unanticipated administrative and regulatory hurdles” have held it up, said the Telegraph recently, adding:
“Under the DEA, film and music groups will collect data about downloaders, which broadband providers will be forced to match against their customer databases. They will write to those accused to warn them they are infringing copyright.
“If this ‘mass notification system’ does not curb unlawful downloading by 70 per cent in a year, further provisions of the Act will be triggered which mean those who have ignored the warnings will have their internet access slowed or even temporarily suspended.”
But it won’t come into force until next year, if then. Because the labels, studios and their bought-and-paid-for government bureaucrats and politicians and now have the increasing power of Anonymous to reckon with.
TalkTalk,which been promoting its ‘opposition’ to the Three Strikes scam as being in the interests of customers, has already promised to blacklist sites with BitTorrent files on them, said p2pnet last year, pointing out TalkTalk also has a ‘service’ it openly calls Web Content Filtering.
Here’s what it says >>>
[...] allowing your users unrestricted Internet access can result in serious financial, legal and social consequences. Bad publicity, time wasting, copyright violation as a result of music downloads, the viewing of explicit content and co-worker complaints are all problems that can occur unless controls are put in place.
TalkTalk goes on >>>
Despite the obvious pitfalls many organisations are fearful of the complexity and cost of solutions that filter Internet content.
But TalkTalk says it has “the answer”, ie, the TalkTalk ‘Internet web filtering service’ which is “one of the most effective, affordable and easy-to-use solution available today, complete with >>>
Dynamic Control List – Internet access is managed through the dynamic Control List, a database of many millions of Web sites organized into different categories for flexible policy enforcement options including security (spyware, malware, P2P), confidentiality (chat, IM), and bandwidth management (Internet radio/TV, streaming media).
Dynamic control is, of course, a euphemism for censorship.
Meanwhile, “Reporting is a key part of any Web filtering solution” and, “With Talk Internet’s web filtering service, you can quickly understand how your companies internet access and monitor inappropriate Web activity”, it says, stressing >>>
Control – Deny All – Only allows access to a list of websites that have been provided by yourself. You can add and delete sites on-line to extend or reduce the list. Except All – If you need full Internet access but require restrictions on certain Websites, we can provide a restriction service based on a set of keywords that you provide. For example to reduce access to sites containing the word ‘sex’ you would add this to your list. You can add or delete words on-line to extend or reduce your list.
- Simple web based management to set your access policies.
- Industry standard control lists.
- Keyword based content filtering.
- Detailed reporting of internet usage.
Unite the Cows -UK ISP’s To Block The Pirate Bay and Other File Sharing Sites, March 22, 2011
Telegraph – Digital Economy Act: ‘rushed’ anti-piracy laws delayed until 2012, March 21, 2011
p2pnet – UK info commissioner probes TalkTalk, September 7, 2010
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