Feeds

Poll finds falling freetard support

Leechers unloved

Security for virtualized datacentres

UK public sympathy for copyright leechers is falling, according to a new poll this week. This one's by Ipsos Mori, but it too provides evidence that pirates aren't exactly the most popular people in the pub. The earlier survey for lawyers Wiggin also showed support for creators' rights.

In the poll by Ipsos Mori, over half (52 per cent) the sample polled agreed with suspending persistent infringers. The number of people who agree with throttling (bandwidth of) repeat offenders was almost identical.

That's still a lot of people who don't immediately back the enforcement of online copyright, of course. But it shows that there's another side to the picture, one rarely seen on blogs and online discussion forums.

For all the increased “awareness” of “digital rights” (such as the right to get something for nothing), after the Digital Economy Act was much in the headlines this year, the trend is towards enforcing creators' rights.

We wondered here if that's why the Open Rights Group failed to influence the Digital Economy Act (whereas the much more poorly resourced photographers were successful). Perhaps this another sign of a backlash.

Several readers wondered if the poll, conducted for a large law practice whose clients include entertainment companies, was rigged. Maybe it was, and maybe Ipsos Mori too has succumbed to the the dark hand of the international copyright conspiracy (think SMERSH), meeting on secret yachts, and passing around huge sums of cash in brown paper bags.

Or maybe not, and these readers are simply rejecting evidence that doesn't fit the impression they've built up on blogs and message boards. The UK Pirate Party did poorly in the general election even in seats with a huge student population, and the Swedish Pirate Party's membership has halved.

Hat-tip to MusicAlly for the news. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.