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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Copyright Holders Press South African ISPs

Copyright Holders Press South African ISPs

Copyright Holders Press South African ISPs

Added: Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
South African broadband providers are bombarded with requests from rights holders to hand over personal details of ADSL customers who like downloading illegal material through BitTorrent file-sharing applications.


According to media reports, lots of the country’s Internet service providers were approached by the rights owners and asked to disclose personal data of their subscribers suspected of unauthorized file-sharing.

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Fortunately, the subscribers believe that most local broadband providers aren’t too eager to comply with the requests simply because they don’t adhere to local laws. For instance, Cybersmart CEO Laurie Fialkov explained that the company is receiving requests for subscriber details related to alleged copyright violations all the time. Most of them come from Sony and are aimed at BitTorrent users who have allegedly pirated copyrighted content. The company responded that it doesn’t provide any data to the copyright owners because they have no jurisdiction in South Africa. Cybersmart says that unless they follow the procedure described in the Regulation of Interception of Communications and provision of communication-related information Act, nobody has to provide any data. So they don’t.

Another company, Web Africa, represented by its CTO Alan Kirton, also confirmed that they do receive requests for personal data from the firms servicing the large media houses. Most of them, again, are nearly exclusively related to the use of BitTorrent services. Normally, copyright owners send a request to disable the account while maintaining any evidence which may be relevant in a lawsuit. However, the ISP doesn’t act on those requests. The company believes that it isn’t responsible for policing the web and will only act where required by South African law.

Meanwhile, Axxess marketing director admitted they hadn’t received a request for personal details for a long time now, with the previous requests coming from the official content distribution firms. Those were definitely aimed at torrent users, but the ISP never hands out any personal data of subscribers unless it gets a court order. All they did was forwarding the request to the client.

The most interesting thing is that many other local broadband providers, including Openweb, Vox Telecom and MWEB, said they have never received such requests.


By:
SaM
July 9th,2013

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Tuesday, July 9th, 2013



Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Blocked (2013-07-09 19:15:31)
DIGITALBUTTERFLY avatarGREED IS SOMETHING TERRIBLE TO GET USED TO, WITH ALL THE MONEY THESE BIG COMPANIES HAVE YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT THEM TO MAKE SUCH DESPERATE ATTEMPTS TO MEDDLE IN PEOPLE'S PRIVATE BUSINESS LIKE THIS. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY HATE WATCHING US BE ALL FRIENDLY LIKE WE ARE WITH THIS FILE SHARING BUSINESS, AMAZINGLY ALL THESE RULES THEY MADE ARE NOT REALISTIC IN THE REAL WORLD. THIS IS ALL A MATTER OF INCONVENIENCE 'CAUSE THEY NEVER SAW THE BITTORRENT SYSTEM COMING AND IT WASN'T THEIR IDEA TO BEGIN WITH. WE AS GEN POP ARE NEVER REALY TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION UNTIL WE THINK FOR OURSELVES AND FIND A WAY TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR ONE ANOTHER LIKE WE DID WITH FILE-SHARING.
PEACE IN PEACE OUT!

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posted by (2013-07-11 01:07:19)
jumbo71 avatarI TOTALLY AGREE WITH DIGITALBUTTERFLY , how they try to bully these isps around the globe to willingly hand over peoples information that is protected by laws in most countries. They must truly hate seeing humans interacting with one another over the digital network we all no as the world wide web and getting on no matter what race, colour, greed or any other reason but just to share with everyone...
As i was always told from parents and teachers when growing up its best to share, and now the authorities say it ain't good to share....
WELL as i wasnt to good at school and didn't listen too much, i can say i remember the sharing stuff, so thats all that matters now ...lol
KEEP ON SHARING FOLKS......... AS WHAT N.W.A. SAID BACK IN 1988

F--- THE POLICE...LOL

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posted by (2013-07-11 15:48:03)
Lucifer avatarIf we make the system then we licensed to beat the system. so screw everyone that's trying to change the system. So if we make the system happen its up to us to carry on sharing. so these money grabbing greed dick pricks wont have it their way. people of the net share with what ever you have. its ours and we'll share it with whom we damn will please.



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