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Prime Minister of UK Promised Not to Disconnect File-Sharers

Prime Minister of UK Promised Not to Disconnect File-Sharers

Added: Saturday, February 27th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Canada, utorrent, bitcomet, Windows, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com, spybot.akb, worm
UK PM responded to e-petition asking him to abandon plans of disconnecting file-sharers and said that he finds this pretty much hard to see how it could be considered proportionate except in extreme (criminal) cases.


So online petitions sometimes appear to be useful, as in the case with a UK online petition which was created some time ago for consideration by Gordon Brown and to which he finally responded. This online petition is just a piece of a more simplified attempt to express the opinion of the community, which is in its turn a part of an old tradition of petitioning the government for action. This specific one concerned disputable plans of Business Secretary to ban file-sharers from the Internet.

The petition asks that Gordon Brown abandon that strategy because ISPs monitoring network for detecting the copyright infringement possesses at least a disregard for free speech and personal privacy.

The online petition states that the use of peer-to-peer network and programs is not illegal and not exclusive to copyright theft. For example, BBC’s iPlayer uses such form of distribution as well as many other free software providers do. The citizens are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Such outrageous disregard for privacy can only be compared to enforcing the Post Office to seek through the private parcels for mixtape cassettes and photocopied documents. There’s still no answer to the question of detecting the guilty person in the case of shared family connections. One should not underestimate the developing role of the Internet in access to outside world.

Disconnecting the families deprives households of freedom of speech, government services and education.

The Prime Minister’s office seems to take all these concerns to heart. First of all it said they would not allow cutting off file-sharers. But it probably can leave some powers for obliging Internet Service Providers to apply some technical measures which may include data cap, throttling, or temporary Internet account suspension, for not to be entirely toothless. It also emphasizes that in case of violating the copyright the targeted person is the uploader, not the downloader.

We still need to see precisely what kind of technical measures the office plans to implement, but for now the disconnection hopefully seems to be off the table.

February 27th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Comments (25) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-02-27 11:05:47)
No avatarPrime Minister of UK Promised Not to Disconnect File-Sharers imo its jsut a talk to make sure he is realectet

posted by Blocked (2010-02-27 12:06:37)
expendable avatarwell the guys on his way out the door so hes gonna say anything, oh and most of what gordon brown says is just lies as it is

posted by Turtle (2010-02-27 13:36:27)
ijinman avataranother scotish awful liar!!!

posted by (2010-02-27 14:21:26)
jason9ine avatarHe'd better. I agree with taker. I think he's buying his self to re-election. :D

posted by (2010-02-27 15:16:09)
darren1974 avataryou must love where i live the uk and lol mr brown,he is a bully,jeremy clackson says he is a one eyed idiot but seems he has done good here....brown has youtube for silly stuff aswell...yeh prob is as labour are down in the polls and i know mi5 and mi6 can scan a persons pc for stuff so their not going to spook people stopping file share...i will go off track and hate gordon brown but atleast he gets things done unlike many countries that just follow
thanks sam

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-02-27 16:27:09)
Big_A_Little_A avataroh yeah right,the usual politician bollox shite,love this bit
" Disconnecting the families deprives households of freedom of speech, government services and education.
The Prime Minister’s office seems to take all these concerns to heart." oh bollox to that and by the way don't speak to loud or they'll get you!

@darren1974 "Gordon brown but at least he gets things done unlike many countries that just follow "
WOT? do we live in the same country? the only thing he gets done is f@@king up this country and sucking up the arse of the US government,and giving into their every whim so he can be seen as one of the boys,so mighty and powerful!when in fact Britain is in a shitin mess and totally f@@ked up and the UK goverment is a shambles

posted by (2010-02-27 17:32:14)
MKVGuy avatarhhhmmmm.. Uploader! that's me, FXG, FXM, Emery1337x, CRYS, SecretMyth, Wrath, ReleaseLoungeRG, DiAMOND, 1337xDotOrg, MAXSPEED, VoMiT, MENTiON, NEPTUNE, DDR, xRG, MegaPlay, 3Li, IMAGiNE, PrisM, AMIABLE, NeDiVx, ExTrAScEne RG, DivXNL-Team, ZEKTORM..
I guess MPAA have a bigger list then this..

posted by (2010-02-27 17:40:48)
kingtiger01 avatarhmm... sounds more like alot of HOT AIR!!! kind of like....

'We wont raise youre Taxes'

posted by (2010-02-27 18:03:17)
xxVOIDxSURFERxx avatar''The online petition states that the use of peer-to-peer network and programs is not illegal and not exclusive to copyright theft. For example, BBC’s iPlayer uses such form of distribution as well as many other free software providers do. ''

I have seen alot of business move to using P2P..Even the new Star Trek Online allows you to dl their client via torrent and suggests it may be faster then their direct link dl. Ii is really starting to catch on in mainstream software business as it should. I dont live over there so I wont comment on the rest =).

posted by (2010-02-27 18:41:01)
darren1974 avatar@uncle alf yes the uk is getting messed up and i hate brown but size to ratio the uk is a super power still?????? i could go on and on but its off subject but one two points welfare,nhss just two
i hate the goverment re im not on electrol role never have been and im mid 30s

posted by Site FriendXbox (2010-02-27 19:48:03)
Painless avatarGordon Brown is a NOB anyway...

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-02-27 21:43:02)
milo33 avatarNo politician gives a toss about anybody but himself. If he can line his pockets, while stringing the voter along.....he will-Sad and depressing fact of life. Let`s go get my gun.......

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-02-27 21:44:36)
milo33 avatarAlmost forgot, before i pulled the trigger ! Thanx Sam.

posted by (2010-02-27 22:01:30)
No avatarSemantics Aside, Gordon Brown only became Labour Leader after Tony Blair resigned, faced no competition for the job as Labour Leader and only became so through a Coronation. Within the UK, someone only becomes a Prime Minister when they, and their party, submit themselves to a General Election, and only if and when they win.

posted by (2010-02-27 23:59:05)
boombalonga avatarGordon Brown's a piece of NWO trash. If he says he will/won't do something you better believe it's only to further the Illuminati's own agenda.

posted by (2010-02-28 00:07:21)
Stayingtrue avatarpromise,promise my poltician speak. thanks for the article.

posted by (2010-02-28 00:08:30)
boombalonga avatar@ uncle_alf: Actually the US government just kisses the ass of the royal family there in the UK. So if Gordon Brown's kissing the US's ass, he's confused, as they both bow to the Queen.

posted by (2010-02-28 05:05:11)
darren1974 avatarpeople and again off subject gordon brown was not voted in but a deal was made with idiot bliar that got many sas troopsd killed for no reason,the deal was in so many yrs brown took over from tony wehich happened and uk has gone to bits but still heads high and help anyone

posted by Blocked (2010-02-28 07:06:37)
godchaser avatarGordon Brown is a tremendous dickhead!

posted by (2010-02-28 23:52:55)
Badragon72 avatarSorry and all that but he is a politician and they all liars and thieves only out for there own glory and plenty of fat backhanders talking of which I would like to give to all of the MPs in parliament.

posted by (2010-03-01 04:19:54)
jdrav avatarIn other words they are seriously looking into it and this will not be the end of it. In Britain if the govenment think you are getting away with something for free they will do their up most to get a tax slapped onto it.
If they are re elected they will do something about this.

posted by (2010-03-01 06:18:03)
watchem avatarwhat to say, that has not been said... Power to the pirates.....

posted by (2010-03-01 07:01:29)
jdrav avatarFound this at smh.com.au

High-tech bust costs web pirate $1.5m fine
February 14, 2010

PEOPLE who download the latest TV shows, films and games are at risk of prosecution as major distributors use new forensic technology to target individuals who illegally file-share on the internet.

The technology claimed its first scalp last week when Queenslander James Burt, 24, was ordered by the Federal Court to pay $1.5 million in damages for copying and uploading a Nintendo game.

Nintendo managing director Rose Lappin said it had ''no other choice'' than to go after Burt when he uploaded a copy of a new Super Mario Bros game that was yet to be released worldwide, resulting in 50,000 downloads of the game within six days.

''We will go to any lengths to stop piracy, including going after the individual,'' Ms Lappin said.

She would not go into detail about the technology used to track Burt but said it was now highly advanced. She said serial uploaders were under surveillance.

''The bottom line is people like James Burt are stealing our company's intellectual property and I would not hesitate to use the same technology on other individuals who are stealing.''

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) said it had not ruled out chasing individuals who infringed copyright, saying the Nintendo case should serve as a warning.

''Consumers have to be aware that it's all on in the public domain,'' an AFACT spokeswoman said.

The federation lost its recent copyright court battle against Perth-based internet service provider iiNet.

It had alleged iiNet was responsible for illegal file-sharing of movies by its customers.

Interactive Games and Entertainment Association chief executive Ron Curry said his organisation would focus on individuals who breached copyright laws.

''The IGEA will continue to target wholesale breaches of intellectual property, focusing on those individuals who are pirating for financial gain or in large-scale breaches,'' he said.

The music industry said it was now chasing individuals ''as a last resort'' because of the inaction of government and ISPs.

Statistics show that 2.8 million Australians download music illegally via file-sharing networks every year. Under Australian law, no ISP can be forced to notify or warn its customers about their illegal uploading.

The music, film and gaming industries have called on the federal government to legislate a code of conduct for ISPs, an idea backed by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

''The ISPs are pushing for individuals to be sued but ISPs have a role and responsibility in addressing the rampant file-sharing that's occurring,'' said Sabine Heindl, general manager of Music Industry Piracy Investigations.

Some ISPs are sending letters of warning to their customers from film distributors, asking they stop illegal uploading activity.

Countries such as France, South Korea and Taiwan have all passed laws forcing ISPs to warn users who upload illegally. Britain and New Zealand will introduce similar laws in coming months.

The Australian Digital Alliance, formed to promote balanced copyright law, said: ''The debate must be refocused on the adoption of new business models that compete with file-sharing and entice people to purchase legitimate downloads.

''The solution is collaboration between the content and internet industries to capitalise on the significant opportunities presented by the internet, not increased regulation to make ISPs 'copyright cops'.'

posted by Kitty (2010-03-01 08:55:42)
Daewoo avatarGordon Brown is free to say anything, but that does NOT make it law. It is just one persons opinion. For a law to be passed it has to go through Parliament and the House of Lords. These 'words' haven't, so it's just spin to garnish votes form the weak minded masses.

posted by (2010-03-03 10:42:12)
james4361 avatarI will keep it short too much verbal diatribe here. Brown is keeping his fingers off potentially hot potatoes until after the election as everything he seems to get his teeth into lately has backfired in some way. That is mostly due to antagonists or should I say political opponents in the shadows, as they are all gutless thus far. I fear for legislation if the Tories get in as they are great cow towers to Big Industry, whereas labour like a good old argument about human rights - old labour Vs New labour. But if I was going to vote purely on Peer to Peer issues Labour would edge it I feel. Don't believe everything you read in the papers, I know.

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