Parliament to ISPs: ban illegal downloaders

parliamentThe BBC is reporting that in the UK, talks are in place attempting to force Internet Service Providers to ban users from the internet if they illegally download files.

Representatives of Parliament note that the plan is still in the very early stages and has yet to be placed before legislative committees. The Internet Service Providers Association was quick to sound off on the proposal.

"ISPs are no more able to inspect and filter every single packet passing across their network than the Post Office is able to open every envelope," commented representatives of the organization.

This threat may sound menacing, but I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it, my little game, music and movie pirates. File swapping was going on long before the government knew about it, in ways they couldn’t understand. File swapping persisted for more than a decade after they became aware of it, too. They tried to crack down on it years ago…but the pirates pirated on.

So long as the people committing the "crimes" are more technologically saavy, and generally more intelligent in the area, legislators will never be able to keep up.

So go on, download that latest slightly humorous Hugh Grant romantic comedy. If I know our UK readers, there isn’t anything that can come between them and the latest Hugh Grant flick.

I just feel so betrayed. All this time I thought George Clinton was on our side.


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