Japanese ISPs agree three strikes-style anti-piracy regime
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Japanese ISPs have agreed to disconnect filesharers who persistently use popular peer to peer program WinNY to pirate music, films, and software.
WinNY is based on WinMX, and has been reckoned to be the most widely-used filesharing application in Japan. Now under pressure from government and rights holders, the country's four ISP associations have agreed to implement a system of warnings and disconnections very similar to the three strikes regime being pushed in the UK.
Daily Yomiuri Online reports that rights holders will alert ISPs when they detect their customers' IP addresses participating in copyright-infringing WinNY networks. If the customer ignores warnings to stop, their internet connection will be suspended or ceased.
Japan's move makes it the third nation after the UK and France to move towards an anti-copyright infringement arrangement between ISPs and the music, film, and software industries. The three strikes idea originated in the UK, as then-intellectual property minister Lord Triesman told El Reg in January.
On Friday, Swedish politicians also indicated measures against filesharing, although reports suggested the courts will be involved in forcing ISPs to cooperate, rather than a voluntary agreement.
More on the Japanese scheme, which reportedly covers the country's entire ISP industry, here. ®
"They're not connecting to your computer, or "looking inside" it. They are connecting to a BitTorrent swarm that you are participating in."
Can we have some consistency here, please?
When someone attaches to an unsecured wifi, this is considered illegal access. Even though
a) not illegal
b) not access
at least according to your view of it:
a) has to be access to be illegal
b) they aren't looking at your computer, they're just connecting to a network you're participating in
For copipresse and similar "news" aggregators, Google's caching of "their" content is illegal because they want to be asked SPECIFICALLY if Google can access it.
Yes, the law is fooked up. But talking out of both sides of their mouth isn't helping win any converts to the idea "aw, the poor little mites are being attacked".
we can still do something about this
if you've really had enough of this, the means to put a stop to it are at hand!
simple so without music and videos for a few months - just stop buying music & video cd/dvd for six months, i mean really stop buying them. i'm sure that once they loose all their revenue they'll find a better way to market the stuff and get off the backs of filesharers.
the same technique will probably work with airport security hassles - no chance for the people to make the government stop some of the insane security nonsense at airports but if everyone made a concentrated effort to avoid flying the airlines would pressure the feds to back off - three months of greatly reduced revenue should do it!
Surely everyone could just use onion routing like TOR, bam suddenly my IP says I'm living in Germany or wherever else i want. I give this ruling about 2 weeks if it comes into effect at all.