Comcast's Alleged Filtering Inspires Other ISPs

Comcast's Alleged Filtering Inspires Other ISPs

The ongoing battle between pirates and copyright holders is gaining a new dimension: ISPs doing network-level filtering.

"Network-level filtering means your Internet service provider – Comcast, AT&T, EarthLink, or whoever you send that monthly check to – could soon start sniffing your digital packets, looking for material that infringes on someone’s copyright."

Comcast is already facing FCC charges over their alleged use of various filtering techniques, and the resolution of those charges may have some impact on how or if other ISPs filter.

Regardless of the outcome, it seems like ISPs might end up needing to upgrade their computing capabilities in order to effectively help combat piracy.
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I don't pay comcast for them to sniff what i do, just ask me and I would tell them rightfully. What in the world is this? hello got couple millions of dollars so we could start are own ISP :p

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I don't know what they think they'll accomplish. If most ISPs start inspecting packets like that, then pirates will just start sending data in more secure ways. Let the ISPs waste their money, err wait, our money...

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how ironic would it be for pirates to start writing their own encryption lol.. might actually make a break through in that field.

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 heyyyy - another marylander on the boards - nice...

whoa - these new forums are uber buggy when using firefox on linux - just a heads up mods...

anyway - if the FCC is charging comcast then you guys should be more pissed off at your congressman and not the ISPs. If the Federal Government is charging comcast then what the heck do you want them to do about it? Write your congressman and let them know how important your online rights are to you.
 

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I hate to play devils advocate.. but i could careless if they limit torrent traffic if it keeps my internet lag free in the process. Most people know that most use torrents for ilegal activity. So.. it doesnt really effect me since i buy my stuff legally.

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FlyinBrian:
I hate to play devils advocate.. but i could careless if they limit torrent traffic if it keeps my internet lag free in the process. Most people know that most use torrents for ilegal activity. So.. it doesnt really effect me since i buy my stuff legally.

 

WoW's patching system is based off of the bittorent client and is greatly hindered by comcast

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I think it is just another attempt to take away some of our freedom.

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It's not "freedom", it's "ability".

You have the ability to share files by bittorrent. That gives you the ability to widely distribute materials you create, as well as materials created by others. That gives you the ability to save money by not paying for stuff, or to make money from materials you create.

Comcast has the ability to inspect the packets its customers transmit using its resources. That gives Comcast the ability to convince the MPAA, etc., that they're "doing what they can" to stop unauthorized redistribution of content. That, in turn, gives Comcast the ability to make a deal for the authorized distribution of content the MPAA claims to protect, which gives Comcast the ability to make more money.

So it's not really about freedom; it's about who makes money. Wanna argue that you've really got (or should have) the freedom to make money by doing anything you want? Sounds like a little too much time spent on GTA...

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I always felt it was not the ISP responsibility of what kind of data is sent over the connection. Just like how its not a phone company's responsibility what is said over the phone. Comcast is just being being a kiss ass to the major publishing companies (whore if there taking payment for this service) I haven't liked comcast from day one. They are rude, over priced, and play stupid games like this with their customers. I smell a company with to much power that needs to be dissolved or at least clean up there act and start showing their customers some respect. F*** Comcast

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Has anyone actually had any problems with comcast yet? There are already encryption methods to combat this in bittorrent because other ISP's started blocking bittorrent traffic a long time ago. I think its just slower to use the encryption. Both Azureus and utorrent support encryption.

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 windstream okay right now

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 It is true that some of these bitorrent applications have encrypting. But I'm not sure how well it would work in this scenario. All I know is that Utorrent has the feature.

But as stated, bitorrent could actually help content distribution so much, blizzard has adopted it and it's probably saving them literally tons on bandwidth costs. Yes it may be true that torrenting is mostly based on pirating programs, but it has a lot of potential to companies as well. But if this does go through, they'll just point the blame somewhere else and try to stop that as well, probably usenet is next, a service that's been around since the 1980's if my facts are right.

 The truth is, there will ALWAYS be a way for pirating via the internet....it will be almost impossible to stop.

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