Japan ISPs to Cut Off File Sharers

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News Posted: Sat, Mar 15 2008 9:58 PM
The four major Japanese ISPs, under considerable pressure by movie, music and software industries, have agreed to take drastic action against file sharers.

In 2006, a Japanese ISP decided to plan measures to stop their subscribers using file-sharing software, by tracking their activities and disconnecting them from the Internet. The plan didn’t come to fruition as the government stepped in and said that such monitoring might have privacy implications.

Now, under huge pressure from the movie, music and software industries, the four major ISP organizations in Japan are at it again, and have agreed to take drastic action against online pirates.

According to the report in Yomiuri Shimbun, the agreement would see copyright holders tracking down file-sharers on the Internet using “special detection software” and then notifying ISPs of alleged infringers. ISPs would first send out emailed warnings to those traced, then interrupt the Internet connection if action to cease the activity isn’t taken. For persistent breaches, the ISP would ultimately terminate the accounts of its subscribers.

You have to believe that Comcast, AT&T and Verizon would love to do this. There are already similar laws in the works in the UK and France.

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AjayD replied on Sun, Mar 16 2008 11:04 AM

Funny, this is the same story I was planning to start a thread about.

I wonder if the ISPs have been offered some kind of compensation for cooperating in this futile effort to stop illegal file sharing? It would be foolish for them to lose so many customers by terminating their accounts otherwise. With an already huge and ever increasing number of P2P users, ISPs may be taking a bite out of their profits instead of crime, as they intend to.

"The Yomiuri Shimbun estimated that 1.75 million people in Japan use file-sharing software, mostly to swap illegal copies."(at less than 1.3% of Japan's total population I think this is probably a rather conservative estimate)

If ISPs aren't being offered financial incentives, it will be interesting to see how long they can stand to terminate illegal file sharers accounts for before they are forced to change their policy.

 

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mazuki replied on Sun, Mar 16 2008 4:37 PM
hahaha exactly, when everyone leaves, i don't think the anti-p2p will support them anymore, then where will the money come from? how about update your infrastructure to support it. i'm suprised that japan is doing this with the speeds they have there.
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replied on Mon, Mar 17 2008 11:05 PM

if you use encryption for transferring torrents,you cannot go wrong.I do not get why ISPs really bother stopping this

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