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The fight against piracy enters a new phase, but no resolution in sight

Copyright groups and online file sharers are engaged in attrition warfare that has led to confusing government and ISP involvement.  The battle lines have been drawn, and internet users downloading and sharing files run the low risk of warnings and possible enforcement.

The United States government claims to have no interaction -- but supports the new six-strikes policy -- with the recently created Center for Copyright Infringement (CCI) effort between ISPs and copyright groups.  The partnership will offer a sort of copyright alert and reeducation program that has only led to confusion and uncertainty among file sharers.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) group published a short blog post that highlights some issues related to the controversial framework.

Governments in the European Union have tried to find different methods to attack piracy, but have had varying results.  Spanish file sharing sites brought to court for linking to copyrighted works recently scored a victory, which only proves the difficulty in punishing these sites.  Meanwhile, Italian ISPs are facing legal action after ignoring a ban against a torrent site.

France implemented a three-strikes system to possibly boot repeat offenders, and more than 18 million file sharers have been tracked.  However, budget and manpower issues have only led to 470,000 warnings issued to first-time copyright violators.  Just 20,000 letters were sent out as second warnings, and only 10 people are at risk of having a judge personally review their file sharing case.

The cat-and-mouse game between file sharers and copyright holders will continue for the rest of 2011, while very little is being done to reach a mutual agreement.  For example, the use of three-strikes laws have done very little to intimidate pirates to stop file sharing, while ISPs are criticized by subscribers and terrorized by copyright groups. 

Instead, BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer file sharers are getting better at masking their identities to prevent detection by watch groups.  However, the federal government has moved to domain seizures as a critical method to help fight Internet piracy, with the practice expected to accelerate.

Expect to see continued copyright group efforts against file sharers, while ISPs are also forced into turning over users rather than face court issues.  The federal government and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been recruited to lend an effective hand against pirates.



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RE: Stupid
By spacemonkey211 on 7/15/2011 8:47:32 AM , Rating: 2
1) I purchased the original Half-life (still even have the disk) and never had any problems that you mentioned. I've never heard of anything like taking 6gb's of a harddrive with it. Had it in college and installed on 30+ computers for lan parties and not one problem.

2) Most steam games require a one time internet connection to unlock and decrypt the game. When Half-Life2 came out the servers were flooded and it took a few days to sort out (still happens with the release of popular games). If you had waited or just left your computer on, you wouldn't have had a problem.

3) Once again, I've never really seem steam itself crash the whole computer in recent memory. Steam has crashed, but it usually isn't it's fault (ie: memory issues, overheating, Windows problems, graphics card instability).

Also in "most" cases Steam has pushed to have the DRM removed and only have it's encryption/login system when possible. It is the content providers that enforce the DRM, not Valve. They are usually the first to remove it when they are finally allowed.


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