ISPs assist in cutting off file-sharing users
By Becky Waring
Internet service providers are cooperating more and more with copyright holders to crack down on illegal downloading and peer-to-peer file-sharing.
Some of the changes are due to strict new piracy laws, but others appear to arise from sheer self-interest on the ISPs’ part. […] The widely publicized Pirate Bay verdict in Sweden has sent a chill down the spines of BitTorrent freaks worldwide and cast a spotlight on the intensifying battle against illegal downloaders.
In addition to helping convict the Pirate Bay operators, Sweden’s new Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) allows courts to order ISPs in that country to reveal to copyright holders the names of anyone suspected of sharing files illegally. The copyright holders can then use the information to sue or collect damages.
Immediately after the law went into effect last month, Internet usage in Sweden dropped by 30%.
While most ISPs in the U.S. and other countries will release information about subscribers only when presented with a court order, these ISPs may not be displeased by the increased pressure being placed on file-sharing networks. Reducing peer-to-peer traffic by the threat of legal action would help unclog the ISPs’ networks and free up some of their bandwidth. (END OF «UPDATE» – read the original article HERE)
Η εταιρεία Rapidshare εξαναγκάστηκε νομικά (στη Γερμανία) να… καρφώσει πελάτες της που είχαν κάνει upload μουσικής στο Ελβετικό server της (rapidshare.com) με αποτέλεσμα ΕΦΟΔΟ της Αστυνομίας στο σπίτι τους !
Ιδού επίσημο γράμμα (στα γερμανικά) για ένα τέτοιο περιστατικό, που διέρρευσε μέσω του «wikileaks.org»:
- Αλλες πτυχές αυτής της… περίεργης διεθνούς «σκλήρυνσης» υπάρχουν στο προηγούμενο ποστ, ΕΔΩ.
UPDATE 1: Πολύ καλή και περιεκτική η ανάλυση της γενικής κατάστασης από τον Νίκο Σμυρναίο εδώ: Το διαδίκτυο ως πολιτικό διακύβευμα
UPDATE 2: Αποκαλυπτική είναι η ανάλυση των Ελληνικών θεμάτων μουσικού Copyright στo ποστ «η βιομηχανία της μουσικής και ο ρόλος των δισκογραφικών εταιρειών« και το σχετικο ποστ του φίλου «Αιρετικού» ΕΔΩ. Αφησα κι ένα… σεντονάτο σχόλιο στο πρώτο ποστ με… ουτοπικές προτάσεις (χεχε) για το ΠΩΣ να αμοιβόμαστε, όσοι φτιάχνουμε μουσική ή λογισμικό.
Ορίστε και Αγγλόφωνη περιγραφή της περίπτωσης Rapidshare (όπου πρόσθεσα τονισμούς για… ταχυ-αναγνώστες):
In Germany, the file-hosting service Rapidshare has handed over the personal details of alleged copyright infringers to several major record labels. The information is used to pursue legal action against the Rapidshare users and at least one alleged uploader saw his house raided.
Like many new releases, Metallica’s latest album “Death Magnetic” was uploaded to the popular file hosting service Rapidshare one day prior to its official release date last year.
Since users don’t broadcast their IP-address or distribute files to the public directly though Rapidshare, it came as a surprise when the police raided the house of an uploader a few weeks ago.
At first it was unclear how the identity of the uploader was revealed, but today German news outlet Gulli said it had found out that this was likely to be accomplished by creative use of paragraph 101 of German copyright law.
It turns out that several record labels are using this to take legal action against those who share music on Rapidshare.
Previously the paragraph was only used by rights holders to get the personal details of those who share copyrighted works on file-sharing networks. It basically enables the copyright holders to get “permission” from a civil judge to ask ISPs to disclose the personal details of a user behind a certain IP. Now, however, this also seems to be the case for file-hosting services such as Rapidshare, which is based in Germany.
This of course opens up the possibility for rights holders to go after a wide range of file-hosting services and potentially even BitTorrent sites. Indeed, everyone who now uploads a torrent file to a site hosted in Germany is at risk of having his personal details revealed. Although it will be impossible to prove that the uploader actually seeded the file it might be seen as assisting in copyright infringement.
Pretty much all torrent sites keep track of the IP-addresses of their (.torrent) uploaders, and if the rights holders can get the IP-address of people who upload to file-hosting services such as Rapidshare, they can easily extend this to BitTorrent sites hosted in Germany. A dream come true for copyright holders, but a nightmare for the privacy of Internet users.
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