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[TF] BBC: ISPs Should Assume Heavy VPN Users are Pirates

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[TF] BBC: ISPs Should Assume Heavy VPN Users are Pirates

Postby parityboy » Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:06 pm

“Since the evolution of peer-to-peer software protocols to incorporate decentralized architectures, which has allowed users to download content from numerous host computers, the detection and prosecution of copyright violations has become a complex task. This situation is further amplified by the adoption of virtual private networks (VPNs) and proxy servers by some users, allowing them to circumvent geo-blocking technologies and further evade detection,” the BBC explain.

“It is reasonable for ISPs to be placed under an obligation to identify user behavior that is ‘suspicious’ and indicative of a user engaging in conduct that infringes copyright. Such behavior may include the illegitimate use by Internet users of IP obfuscation tools in combination with high download volumes.”


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...and so it begins. VPNs are to be regarded as "suspicious". If this attitude takes root, people video conferencing on secure, high-capacity symmetrical connections will also be regarded as "suspicious".

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Re: [TF] BBC: ISPs Should Assume Heavy VPN Users are Pirates

Postby Lunar » Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:49 pm

This is a whole new level of stupid, "and indicative of a user engaging in conduct that infringes copyright". Since when is an ISP obligated to look for people who infringe on someone's copyright???


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