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Surely everyone just uses stuff like Mediafire and Rapidshare now, which as far as I know isn't trackable in the same way?
Who cares though right, you're the ones who will get caught and arrested by yr man from Metallica (if I understand the article properly)
The level of computer geek knowledge has been deteriorating.
No idea if it actually works. This should stop people tracking what you are downloading and sending the lawyers in. As for ISPs, they'd just use it to throttle your connection. I download anything large overnight generally, so don't see the problem.
And I think they've started throttling it.
Also on the usage page on my account it breaks down what I've been doing and it has a column that says 'peer to peer' so I presume they do know
Still, I'm on Australia's biggest internet provider. I live four hours from the city I'm apparently connected from. Of course the provider know my details. But I'm not awfully scared.
I mean, I personally watch 2-3 hours worth of film and television daily (online). My sister about four hours, and my parents an hour every two nights (basically). I'm sure we'd be "done" by now.
The endearing thing is, my provider are quite notoriously poor. Their telecommunications sector (again, the dominant one in the country, and the owner of all phone lines and towers, etc.) are prone to being useless (though I've had a good relationship with them). I can't see them caring enough, really.
As it says in the article, there's no need to worry. Like every other company, like every person, your provider is interested for their own benefit. They won't dole out information to others unless it helps them. And how is telling Sony about downloading patterns of people going to really help my provider?
but not getting entangled in a massive law suit with massive record companies or with Hollywood/TV producers is pretty much in their interests.
Then again, the players at Culture Industries Inc. are not stupid either, and they're hardly going to want to take on a behemoth like Telstra, which is why the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft chose the much smaller, less wealthy iiNet (my provider) to target for its suit
Admirably (if also self-interestedly), iiNet didn't back down, and beat them in the first round, though an appeal is currently before the High Court, I think.
I'm of the mind that I'm just gonna run it into the ground. Download as much as humanly possible until they shut me down. And if I get sued I'll just ignore the summons.
And I'll feel guilty about it. But will console my evil self with the 10K records I've got. Cheers.