Friday, March 16, 2012

Five Strikes and No Internet

This seems like a lot of power to be putting into one person:
Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, has reminded the nation that at his instigation, the largest ISPs in the USA are set to disconnect their customers, and their customers' families, if the companies that Sherman represents makes a series of unsubstantiated accusations of copyright infringement against them. The ISPs came to the agreement after pressure from the Obama administration. This "five strikes" rule is the same system that has been decried around the world -- including in the EC and the UN -- as being a gross violation of human rights.
I'm amazed I haven't heard about this before. The new rules go into place on July 12th. After that, look for your ISPs to monitor your data even more than they have before to make sure you're not getting anything for free.

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