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18 March 2012 @ 07:56 pm
All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012  
Originally posted by roguebitch at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by nrrrdy_grrrl at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by mangacat201

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

.... this is going to kill everything I love.
Maja Windscryer: Sammy sorry about apocalypsewindscryer on March 19th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
This is morbidly fascinating, watching the entertainment industry commit suicide like this.

Depressing, too, because, yeah, this will severely curtail my ability to stay on track with my fandoms and effectively stop me from getting into new ones. Guess I'll have to go get a "real" hobby then, eh?

Not that I think it won't bounce back eventually, but it's definitely going to hurt in the meantime. What idiots.
Not Quite by Firelight: Damaged Calmtahirire on March 19th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I am literally shaking I am SO PISSED right now. Don't they know ... ANYTHING!? ABOUT HOW THE WORLD WORKS!?!?!?!?!

I'm hoping that all my favorite fanvids don't vanish forever from youtube. I'm going to have to go through all of my accounts and back up everyfreaking thing, including my entire lj because what if it all just disappears? Also, HOW WOULD I FIND ALL YOU PEOPLE AGAIN IF IT DID!?

*breathes into paper bag*
Maja Windscryer: Dean sort of freaking outwindscryer on March 19th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
I'm far more calm than I think I should be. I think I'm in shock. It will hit me soon and I'll probably have to go find an empty section of wilderness to scream and cry and shoot and break things, but for the moment I can't quite feel that rage.

It might be time to see about organizing cross-fandom efforts to remind them who exactly pays their paychecks. I can't think of how at the mo', but it's something to be looked into.
Not Quite by Firelight: Damaged Calmtahirire on March 19th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
Agreed, but it's so tricky. I mean, 1) We don't want to draw attention in case it doesn't work, and 2) we don't want to put our celebrities who agree with us in the middle because it could jeopardize their contracts/careers, etc.

My personal preference would be some kind of campaign where we mail them things that will clog the hell out of all of their offices. Like that time all the Jericho fans mailed nuts until the network was like OH MY GOD FINE HAVE YOUR SHOW BACK JUST DON'T SEND US NUTS ANY MORE.
themonkeytwin: van der douchethemonkeytwin on March 19th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
Right! We should all mail them VCR tapes and cassettes, to remind them of the last time they thought technology was going to destroy the industry. Bulky, lightweight, and who doesn't have a bunch of those gathering dust in a cabinet somewhere because they never got around to throwing them out? I would so love for that pile of plastic to be *their* problem now.
Not Quite by Firelight: Quote: Accidentstahirire on March 20th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
HEE. I like this plan.
kj_svala: SG-1 Jack bodieskj_svala on March 19th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
I`ve read about this a few days ago already, and my first thought was "great *NOT*, it`s the end of the world as we know it"

The industry could make a hell of a lot of money by making everything available for everyone, at a decent prize. As it seems they don`t want to make more money, but less.

They`ve tried to do the same over here, so far the provider said no way, twice. I hope they are going to continue to say no.
Not Quite by Firelight: Game of Thronestahirire on March 19th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
I just don't ... I mean ... *internal tortured screaming*
Rhymes with Morticia: Dr. Joel screamfeliciakw on March 19th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
This kind of makes me ill. I'm kinda overwhelmed and don't know what to do with it.

It's problematic on so many levels. What about he copyright holders who use downloads to spread the word about their projects? Or have official YT channels that can then be posted in LJs?

Will con vids suddenly disappear? (Some of them already have, if they were on MegaUpload.)

I just . . . Do Not Want.

Question: How do you download YT vids to your hard drive? I've tried "Get Tube," but that hasn't worked in ages.

Edited at 2012-03-19 01:39 am (UTC)
Not Quite by Firelight: Quote: Can we shoot her?tahirire on March 19th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh man, CON VIDS. *scrambles through Favorites list* I have NO IDEA how you get vids off of youtube. I'll ask my go-to-girl.
Caroline: Across the Universe - facepalmdawnintheforest on March 19th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
............. sigh : (
Not Quite by Firelight: Quote: Accidentstahirire on March 19th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
orehime: feldtorehime on March 19th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
The thing about this is OK I downloaded 7 seasons of Supernatural. BUT. I wouldn't have ever seen it otherwise as I have no TV reception. And you know what I did, as soon as the DVD set for each season is on sale? That's right, I buy it because I know it will entertain me.
I don't have US50 to spare for something that I'm not entirely sure I'm going to like, and them doing stuff like this will certainly lead me to stop trying new things.
Not Quite by Firelight: Box Boytahirire on March 19th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yep. They have no idea, ultimately, how much money they will lose over this. windscryer called the article 'Or, how the RIIA convinced Hollywood to commit murder-suicide.' I'd say that's pretty accurate.
The Network: liquor storethenetwork on March 19th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
this sucks demon balls. stupid bastards.
Not Quite by Firelight: Quote: Pissed off sandwichtahirire on March 20th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
We all have to die of something. I think lack of picspam is a perfectly legit way to go.
Jamilaaja_evenstar on March 20th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
I don't know if this is a really dumb question, but how will this be affecting people who live outside the US? Like, will downloads still be possible for people who are not with the companies that have signed on to this agreement? Although i'd probably be too terrified to try regardless now D:

Not Quite by Firelight: Quote: Can we shoot her?tahirire on March 20th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Not a clue. But if everyone over here gets their internet access cut off, (worst possible scenario, obv) global online purchasing will certainly be in the crapper, I can promise you that. *sigh*
kaz? bonne?: spn - come to f you updatenshiblue on March 20th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
The ironic thing about this is that I tape every week's Spn on VCR tape.


Not Quite by Firelight: Quote: Alpacatahirire on March 23rd, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)

(Sorry, but that totally made me gigglesnort)