Tuesday, February 12th 2008

UK Internet Users Could be Banned for Illegal Downloads

No doubt this news will be met with ferocious attacks from the generally public, but it looks like internet users in the UK could soon see themselves banned from the internet for illegal film and music downloads if new government proposals are approved. Internet service providers will be legally required to enforce a “three-strikes” system – strike one means an email from the ISP, strike two means a suspension and strike three a ban. Under the proposals ISPs would be prosecuted for failing to enforce the new rules and suspected customers details could be made available to the courts. The government is yet to decide whether information on offenders will be shared between ISPs, but if so it could make it much more difficult to find a new ISP once you have been banned. This move comes as a result of six million UK broadband users downloading files illegally each year, with the proposals being officially unveiled next week.Source: Times Online
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73 Comments on UK Internet Users Could be Banned for Illegal Downloads

#1
Pinchy
Everyone should just come to Australia :p...

On another note, there are always IP blockers/changers to solve this problem.
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#2
alexp999
Staff
I'm on Virgin Media, and I swear they are remotely disconnecting my cable modem, even if just for a sec so that it has to reconnect sometimes. It usually happens on Ares and Piratebay even when I am not doing anything illegal. It did it earlier on Piratebay and I was just looking about, didn't download anything!
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TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: mdm-adph
Well, if you're white, male, aged 18-45, Protestant, have a sizable amount of disposable income, and like constant jingoistic patriotism bombarding you from every direction, then sure -- come on over.

Otherwise, you're probably better off, trust me.
Wow this comment is just a little offensive. What's amazing is I fall in to this exact demographic and I think everyone should come over if they want. Its what make the U.S. what it is. Also if you don't like "patriotism" why don't you move to a country that has no central government or pride and see how fast you come back. If your liberal or conservative STFU and support your homeland. :nutkick:
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#4
asb2106
by: das müffin mann
i have to agree with you if britain does it, how long would it take for the other powers to follow suit, except russia, i cant see them doign this anytime soon

asb ive never noticed your from wisconsin:toast:
:toast:right back at yah, Kenosha, down south of Milwaukee!

Im suprised service providers havent stepped in already. Granted, Im happy they havent but I do see it happening soon
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#5
Mussels
Moderprator
any hot female gamers are ok to come to my house to download music. really, i'm cool with it.
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#6
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
Being one of those that has been 'punished' by my ISP for going over their Fair Usage policy twice (they reduced my alleged 8mb connection *cough*5mb max download*cough* to 1mb/sec)

I'm disgusted they would even consider a thing like this. this is not what i payed for as a consumer - also my ISPs wont REALLY make it completely clear how much use is deemed as 'fair' in which case. my ISP says theirs is at least 50Gb a month which is peanuts. I can download 50Gb's worth of pr0n in less then an hr

I was so shocked to see this posted on a news site.

lucky for me ive got 2 wireless open hotspots which i now unload near 98% of my downloads to :P
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#7
Triprift
Just come over to Australia the only thing our new government has talked about is filtering porn no biggie.
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#8
[I.R.A]_FBi
madness ... why dont the ban ppl who produce viri? ppl who make trojans? etc? but they are against piracy, one would believe everything was right with the internet except this.
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das müffin mann
just go to starbucks, pay 10 bucks for a cup of coffee, and all the downloads you want:D
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#10
SK-1
by: Kreij
Or, if you have no problem living in the rural areas where the cost of living is easily maintained, like to be able to own guns and actually use them in self defense without being labelled a criminal, be able to just about anything you want on your own property, then come on over.

Your call.
+1:toast:
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#11
SK-1
by: mdm-adph
Two sides of the same coin, buddy.
No, your glass is and will probably always be half empty, while his is half full and may even overrun.;)
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#12
pentastar111
by: das müffin mann
just go to starbucks, pay 10 bucks for a cup of coffee, and all the downloads you want:D
LOL:roll:
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#13
asb2106
by: [I.R.A]_FBi
madness ... why dont the ban ppl who produce viri? ppl who make trojans? etc? but they are against piracy, one would believe everything was right with the internet except this.
I agree completely, I think its horrible that we have to invest so much money in virus protection and having to reinstall OS's. I think more should be focused on those who are destroying the internet with viruses and trojans! Thanks for pointing this out, it really is the truth
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#14
mdm-adph
by: SK-1
No, your glass is and will probably always be half empty, while his is half full and may even overrun.;)
While I'm sure you think that sounds clever, you're not actually understanding what I was getting at. ;)
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#15
pentastar111
by: asb2106
I agree completely, I think its horrible that we have to invest so much money in virus protection and having to reinstall OS's. I think more should be focused on those who are destroying the internet with viruses and trojans! Thanks for pointing this out, it really is the truth
I completely agree with you on that one...Even with this high falluting Zone Alarm security suite I've had to re-install my OS six times last year due to infections:confused:...And thats on my gaming PC...That rig has never seen a porn site! Been to various tech sites and such..but nothing that could be counted as trolling for hookers in the back streets of Bagladesh, I don't read e-mail or anything on it anymore now because of this:(...malicious scum bags...:mad:
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#16
surfsk8snow.jah
You know what i just realized? The last time this many people were criminals against the UK, the colonies sent over this little piece of paper called "The Declaration of Independence." ahahah
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#17
asb2106
by: surfsk8snow.jah
You know what i just realized? The last time this many people were criminals against the UK, the colonies sent over this little piece of paper called "The Declaration of Independence." ahahah
:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh: ahh thats a good one
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#18
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: jocksteeluk
Trust me this is against our human rights and i will be joining the soon to be announced class action lawsuits against it.
how is downloading illegal copies of music/movies/games a human right?
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#19
asb2106
by: Easy Rhino
how is downloading illegal copies of music/movies/games a human right?
because we can, just like, we can breath.

Hell I dont know:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: asb2106
because we can, just like, we can breath.

Hell I dont know:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
i mean, im not for this legislation because of the problems it will create. but comeon, a human right?
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#21

Good luck monitoring secure 128-bit news server access...
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asb2106
by: Easy Rhino
i mean, im not for this legislation because of the problems it will create. but comeon, a human right?
no I agree, but I dont think its right that they can take your web connection because of it.
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#23
Ravenas
by: surfsk8snow.jah
Record companies, and the governments they are pressuring, are just getting desperate. Wasn't there a news article about how one German company recently said, "Eff this, you guys can just have our stuff," and uploaded everything onto Pirate Bay?

There either has to be ridiculously dramatic action like this, which is unjust, stupid, short-sighted, and ill-conceived, or they just have to throw their hands up in the air.

Put em up! haha
Or they can't make a profit because everyone is stealing their market.

Piracy is the exact same thing as stealing a car off of a car lot, just a lot easier and with less ways to catch the theif.
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#24
rodneyhchef
The ISPs aren't terribly likely to go for this. Afterall, what's the point in having a really fast (expensive) connection when you can't download anything that may take advantage of it?

Sucks anyway, but I guess it wasn't going to last forever.
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#25
jaxxxon
3 words....

Data Protection Act
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