Thursday, February 28, 2013

Big Brother Busts Cyber Stealing

Big Brother is monitoring your illegal downloading.  And starting this week, he will send you letters telling you that he knows what you are doing.

Copyright scofflaws illegally downloading music, movies and videos will receive gentle reminder letters from their internet providers that their internet activities are being monitored and they have been busted. Participating internet service providers have agreed to "punish" repeat offenders by compromising their internet speed for several days as a concrete reminder of their prior bad acts.  Read all about it here.

Is this a breakthrough in policing the internet for illegal conduct?  Is this an historic partnership of law enforcement and private enterprise? Is it a further clarion call for an overhaul of intellectual property law and new business models for the entertainment industry?  Whatever it is, its Big Brother qualities are creepy.

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