Comcast Considering Anti-Piracy System to Stop Illegal Downloads and Encourage Legal Video Rentals

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There will always be people who pirate content, that's just the way it is. We don't condone illegally downloading movies and TV shows, nor are we being pessimistic, but unlike big media companies, we're willing to look at the situation realistically. Perhaps so is Comcast, which is said to be developing a new method to fight piracy that doesn't involve lawsuits.

According to Variety, Comcast is in early talks with film and TV studios, as well as other leading Internet service providers (ISPs), about a technology that would give would-be pirates an opportunity to access legal versions of illegal downloads currently in progress.


For example, let's say Joe Blow heads over to his favorite torrent website and begins illegally downloading Flight starring Denzel Washington. As the download is in progress, a pop-up message would appear with links to where Mr. Blow could rent or buy Flight.

Maybe he clicks on the link and goes legit and maybe he doesn't. The point is, he has the option and it's presented in a non-threatening way. It's a new approach that would be an alternative to the Copyright Alert System (CAS), a voluntary initiative with participants that include AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, and studios affiliated with the MPAA. CAS is also known as the "six strikes" initiative, as illegal downloaders are given six warnings before the ISP begins to restrict their bandwidth.

The new technology being pushed by Comcast could work alongside CAS rather than replace it altogether, though details of how they would coexist still need to be hammered out.
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Or maybe they could stop charging the same price for digital content as they do for boxed physical content.

But Wal-Mart would never allow that.

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Yeah and you can't even legally resell the digital version but you can resell your physical version. Doesn't really make sense.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Aug 6 2013 2:19 PM

That sounds way too logical.

The Hollywood logic is to *raise* prices on the digital downloads, since now they're having to pay Comcast to implement this new system.

There's most likely a second part of this system which Comcast isn't advertising here: Keeping track of those who didn't 'get legit' and selling it to the MPAA.

Here's my idea: If Comcast can implement a system where they believe they are genuinely identifying illegal downloads, and they still allow the downloads to proceed, then they should lose their common-carrier protections and be liable as an accessory to the crime.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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What's not threatening about this? They know exactly what you are downloading. What else do they monitor? All this goes to show is that the ISP cannot be trusted. They don't consider your internet traffic private. It's exactly like eavesdropping on an IRL conversation. If I got that message I would start looking for a new ISP. Well, I guess one might as well avoid these ISPs anyway since they are doing this kinda thing already.

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might as well not even have internet then. They can all eavesdrop

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the best thing they could do is simply make a website like youtube ot something similar and just put the movies in that and have alot of ads to make the money for them

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So they'll be monitoring all of our internet traffic. What else is new?

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

(Mark Twain)

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where is the dislike button

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JesseLiss replied on Wed, Aug 7 2013 11:03 PM

So they're going to be actively monitoring what everyone does on the internet...I'm not sure more Big Brother is the way to go. Not to mention the privacy rights that could be violated.

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