Bad news today coming from a Verizon insider, stating that Verizon itself will begin monitoring at random what it's customers download, and issuing them copyright infringement notices if they're found to be downloading copyrighted music.
Verizon insiders which on the condition of anonymity, have stated that Verizon is to begin a new "test" letter campaign, and has already been slated to begin as of November 12th, 2009. The dirty scheme by Verizon is sure to anger many of it's customers, whom use the service and it's FiOS service specifically for it's advertised download speed.
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is not new to anti-p2p leaning motivations, as for years it's been issuing people will the oh so dreaded copyright infringement notice. This is however, the first public announcement of such an anti-piracy group teaming up with an internet service provider, to censor the rights and regulate it's consumers.
Supposedly, there is no financial deal between the two organization, just that Verizon "willingly opened it's doors to the RIAA", stated the insider. So without a legal trial, or any conviction of committing any crime in any way, shape, or form, Verizon itself will begin to "police the net" with it's illegal censorship methods.
Many have stated that Verizon is doing this not only to appease the anti-piracy advocates which have heavily pressured the giant ISP, but also to appear as a "team-mate" to the governments which intend to advocate and enforce tough new file sharing legislation.
Deputy Director of Internet New Zealand, Jordan Carter, stated, “Big music and movie interests, and other content producers, are conducting a global campaign to put their interests ahead of citizens rights to use the internet and to not be subject to unreasonable and arbitrary penalties that do nothing for public interest.” Not only is Mr. Carter correct, but sadly he directly makes a valid point, this is in not in the interest of the public, but rather the interest of the behemoth corporations.
Earlier this year, Verizon spokeswoman Ellen Yu was quoted in Wired online editorials as saying “We are not working with them on this,” yet it seems that was a complete fabrication, or she was ill informed of the motives of the company which she is hired to speak for, Verizon.
I urge everyone whom uses Verizon to publicly complain and petition this idea, by contacting Verizon, simply by clicking this link
It is a sad day, that without proper conviction of a crime, or without a fair trial, that an ISP acts itself as a law enforcing branch and a judicial branch. I hope that with the proper persuasion, from you, the consumers, that Verizon changes it's mind.
November 14th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Saturday, November 14th, 2009
|posted by (2009-11-14 05:46:00)|
|wow a provider MORE nazi like then comcast...amazing!! LOL|
|posted by (2009-11-14 06:02:05)|
|Krazy!! & Thanks for all the news updates! Much Appreciated OBS!|
|this is bull sh*t i use Verizon dang it and it was alltel then they had to be stupid and merge... those bastards!!!! I'm liable to change company's now!!!!! Sharing is Caring!!!!!!!!!!!|
|tell me about it... the wifi-hotspot im using at the moment(away from home) is Verison... even more encrypting and proxy usage it seems now!!! when are they going to get it...|
|I have verizon! seriously how can we that have their internet battle them to go under the radar and not be caught? What is the best encryption software to use? Is that the way to go.. New ET user recently started downloading want to say you are the only site i use great job OBS and every uploader. cheers to all. Let me know that how to get around verizon.|
|posted by (2009-11-14 11:41:45)|
|thanks for this obs glad i have a vpn|
|posted by (2009-11-14 12:10:57)|
|Thanks for the info Obs, I will not rant on this one as everyone probably knows my stance on the RIAA, BREIN, ISPs, and government lobbyists etc by now. It seems its one step forward and two back for us file sharers. I would hate to look back in the future and call these the good old days.|
|posted by (2009-11-14 15:13:32)|
|I can't think of a better way to lose business. I'm glad I don't use them, although I've recently noticed their trucks all over the area and digging, wiring etc..I just hope Comcast holds out but it looks like the shape of things to come.Curse you Red Baron. I have a verizon router thats headed straight to the garbage and again thanks OBS for the news.|
|i already received a copyright infringement notice sent to sony pictures via att for cirque de freak torrent dl'd. Verizon is just following suit.|
|best if you use hipe ip program when you log into ET and dl torrents|
|posted by (2009-11-14 18:28:31)|
|Ok using verizon here and peer guardian is their any thing better to use for the verizon threat from those idiots and if so what and how do i know its working ! ?|
|posted by |
SaM (2009-11-14 19:13:39)
|thanks God am not in the US :)|
|posted by (2009-11-14 19:33:11)|
|Comcast will do for now.|
|posted by (2009-11-15 00:55:49)|
|Sad, if one get away with it, more will follow...sad...the isp's don't have to be paid by the RIAA, if the isp can kill off 30% of their p2p users, the amount of bandwith they free up would be payment enough for them...The problem I have is that I'm paying them for this darn bandwith|
|posted by (2009-11-15 00:57:29)|
|NOTE: Comcast if on close to buying a controlling interest in NBC...they'll get on verizon's band wagon sooner or later...|
|posted by (2009-11-15 09:28:30)|
|their nazi's man , its are right to use whatever we feel like on the net , as the net is a freedom of speech ect, all their r doing its taking away r freedom , no matter where we live nowdays, they r breaking their own laws man, ty obs, but that is what i think f them|
|Agreed. I got popped by verizon. Make sure you are using peer guardian or it's equivalent on PC.|
|actually, comcast sent a similar letter to my friend late in October after she grabbed something with utorrent for the first time. theres an article on ET about ways to defend against these moves, and maintain your anonymity. if you havent read it yet, and your not sure what you can do to protect yourself, i highly recommend it. Definitely helped me out :)|
|posted by (2009-11-18 16:51:28)|
|i will drop Verizon wireless home phone and internet if they do this i will no longer be their customer and ty obs for the heads up|
|posted by (2009-11-19 03:59:55)|
|I just wanted to thank you Obscene for an informative read. I don't use Verizon but it's only a matter of time before the evil empires merge and become one.|
|posted by (2009-11-28 05:41:45)|
|Goddamnit.... Well, now I get to watch for an incoming letter. Thanks for the heads up.|
Unfortunately, I'm not entirely sure we have another ISP serving this area (middle of nowhere). Wish me luck, and good luck to all of us poor bastards being watched by Big Brother Mk2.