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BT in court again - more Hollywood (Lost the Plot)

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BT in court again - more Hollywood (Lost the Plot)

Taken from http://www.bitterwallet.com/bt-under-pressure-to-stop-you-watching-films-online/46346
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BT under pressure to stop you watching films online
Hollywood is having a bad time of it at the moment, basically because it is made up entirely of idiots. For example, there’s a bit of excitement surrounding a film called Super 8 which has been released in America. However, for some stupid, arbitrary reason, it isn’t hitting UK screens ’til August. By this time, you will have invariably seen a whole bunch of spoilers and whatnot, so you may as well watch it online, illegally.
Watching it online means you don’t have to deal with idiot humans spoiling your fun in a cinema screen also.
Of course, this is a big problem for those who want to make money from films. So, instead of looking at ways in which the whole cinematic process could be improved, people like the Motion Picture Association have turned against That Nasty Internet for spoiling everything.
Naturally, chasing every IP address on Earth is too time consuming and expensive, so the logical answer is to harangue ISPs so they do the dirty work instead. The MPA have decided to hound BT to block copyright-infringing content by seeking an injunction which will force the ISP to refuse everyone access to download site Newzbin. The MPA is also lobbying the Government to implement a web-blocking system to prevent people from accessing illegal download sites.
However, the ISPs want to be onside with those that pay their phone bills as that’s where the money is – not some already wealthy coalition of studios in America.
BT say: “We can confirm that we will be appearing in court, following an application for an injunction by members of the MPA. We have no further comment to make at this stage.”
It is thought that BT will probably tell the MPA to sling their hook because, if they play ball, other ISPs will be able to say ‘we would’ve fought them… come to us with your direct debits please’. The MPA say: “Newzbin has no regard for UK law and it is unacceptable that it continues to infringe copyright on a massive and commercial scale when it has been ordered to stop by the High Court. We have explored every route to get Newzbin to take down the infringing material and are left with no option but to challenge this in the courts.”
And what do Newzbin have to say about it all? A spokesperson told The Telegraph that attempts to shut Newzbin down would always fail because “we can run faster than them [the MPA] and shapeshift”.

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Re: BT in court again - more Hollywood (Lost the Plot)

Yep, I remember as a kid trying to sneak into the local cinema through the emergency exit when I didn't want to pay. The usher clipped my ear for my attempt. Nowadays I pay to go to the cinema.
Perhaps BT should employ teams of heavies who turn up on your doorstep to administer similar chastisement?
No doubt if they were organised by OpenReach they'd arrive when you were out.
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Re: BT in court again - more Hollywood (Lost the Plot)


with all respect,  both of you are clearly missing the wider issues involved here.  This is not just about copyright, it goes further than that.
In a sentence the key issue is about who should police the net and    net neutrality  issues.
Some of you have a lot of homework to do  Roll eyes
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Re: BT in court again - more Hollywood (Lost the Plot)

Okay - so the objection seems to be against having ISP controls that would prevent people accessing a site distributing stolen goods. Would the the same objection exist if the site was distributing child porn?
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Re: BT in court again - more Hollywood (Lost the Plot)

Why target BT? Not that I'm a fan of them in any way but who on earth can actually watch films online or download them on a BT or PN connection?
I gave up years ago. Thw two companies max their connections out so much that only http seems to have a half decent speed. Filesharing and video streaming are terrible on anything BT touch.
Does Holloywood not realise just how restrictive BT are?
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Re: BT in court again - more Hollywood (Lost the Plot)

BT is the largest ISP in the UK so by going after them it sends a clear message to all the others, if they win the court case.  Also BT supplies the site-blocking system known as Cleanfeed to many other big UK ISPs.
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Re: BT in court again - more Hollywood (Lost the Plot)

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Cleanfeed

Came across cleanfeed in Oz where its mandatory to block access to child abuse content , is it the same cleanfeed?
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Re: BT in court again - more Hollywood (Lost the Plot)

You can sue each source of illegal films - but it's not a realistic solution.
Why don't the film distributors sell new films online for a reasonable price - that would bring in more money than trying to sue everyone.
Many print publishers have managed to do this without problems...
If you want the full cinematic experience, you go to the cinema.

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Cleanfeed

Came across cleanfeed in Oz where its mandatory to block access to child abuse content , is it the same cleanfeed?

Yes it's the same.  It's prime use AFAIK is blocking child abuse content.