15 March 2012 – Technology
July 12, 2012: The Day ISPs Start Spying On Customers
By David K. Sutton
If you are in the habit of downloading copyrighted media, including software, music and videos, be warned that beginning on Thursday July 12th your ISP will start spying on your activity. The Raw Story reports, “That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.”
Of course the usual suspects are behind this plan including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA). The plan is backed by all major ISPs (Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, AT&T) and has the support of the Obama administration.
Penalties for offenders can include reduced bandwidth, access reduced to a limited number of websites, and complete internet service cut-off. ISPs can require customers to attend “an education course” if they want service restored. And of course offenders can be charged with copyright infringement by the studios.
A CNET News article quotes RIAA CEO Cary Sherman, “Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system.” Sherman said ISPs are developing systems to keep track of repeat infringers which will allow them to send “first notice or the third notice.” CNET reports that ISPs will use a “graduated response” approach. This approach requires ISPs to “send out one or two educational notices to customers accused of downloading copyrighted content illegally. If the customer doesn’t stop, the ISP is then asked to send out ‘confirmation notices’ asking that they confirm they have received notice.” If accused customers continue to pirate material the ISP can then begin to impose the before mentioned restrictions.
Published on May 18, 2012 by sabineprogram
‘Propaganda’ (95min) – Part 1
Here is the formal statement I gave to Police on 16 June, 2012: On a trip to visit family in Seoul in April, I was approached by a man and a woman who claimed to be North Korean defectors. They requested a meeting the following day to hand over a film that needed to be translated, and I agreed to meet with them. They presented me with a DVD disc that recently came into their possession via the recent arrival of a defector into their group. They asked me to translate the film and “make sure the world saw it” and an agreement was made to protect their identities (and mine). Despite my concerns about what I was viewing when I returned home, I proceeded to translate and post the film on You Tube because of the film’s extraordinary content. I have made public my belief that this film was never intended for a domestic audience in the DPRK. Instead, I believe the ‘defectors’ specifically targeted me because of my reputation as a translator and interpreter. Furthermore, I now believe these people work for the DPRK. The fact that I have continued to translate and post the film in spite of this belief does not make me complicit in their intention to spread their ideology. I chose to keep posting this film because – regardless of who made it – I believe people should see it for the issues it raises, and I stand by my right to keep sharing and discussing this film.
If you have questions for me or want to discuss the content further, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Propagandafilm/427263763965283
Housemartins great version from peel sessions
Uploaded by Posthumanmusic on Jul 14, 2010
Posthuman – The Ottawa Object, set to footage from Event Horizon
Just a little note to say hi, and thank you to all who started to follow this report. I spontaneously began a chronicle of events on Facebook on NYE, 2011, just as the ignoble Barack Obama signed the treasonous NDAA against not only America but every citizen of this Blue Planet. I will be reporting on Fukushima, coverups, protests, and ideas critical to the revolution which was long in the making, ever since Socrates was poisoned by Hemlock by the authorities or possibly even before that. My focus will be on the Platonic philosophical prejudices underlying neo-Illuminism,* or the esoteric radical pseudo-religious group who have usurped the project of the Enlightenment, the subject of my current project. My realtime reports can be had on Facebook, and you are also welcome to follow me there as I have not started a Twitter yet. Disavowing the spectres of hope and belief for truth and for freedom, I will try to give the most accurate picture of events as I can until the work is done.
I look forward to sharing ideas with you, see you on the other side of freedom.
*From Plato’s Cave to The Heraclitean Revolution (Toronto, 2012)
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn – The Abduction of Proserpine (1631)