Legislative Control Of ISPs
From my pool of acquired knowledge a picture is forming, albiet embryonic.
The pirate P2P sharing sites, the torrenting clients, the copy protection hackers are considered a bit of a joke for now, for all except content providers concerned with protecting their IP & revenue streams.
The interesting thing is that, young go getters looking for a break, are happy to give their content away & lever it into some other form or commercial deal.
Anyway, for example, we all know people who get stuff from the states before being release in OZ, chuckle away & get a copy.
How does one police that? How do the large commercial entities protect their IP?
I am begining to believe that the only way to really control things will be from the ISP infrastructure side of things.
Perhaps some form of legislation will be lobbied for which will pass varying levels of responsibility to the ISPs should content creators get angry enough.
What is someone doing downloading 40GB of data a month for personal or non commercial reasons?
Maybe certain size limits will be flagged & automatically checked?
What about privacy?
I am not saying it is right, but it does feel that the tools & options to prevent unauthorised sharing are becoming limited, & the large content creators are becoming more aggressive & desperate to come up with something more effective.
If I recall correctly some of these points were tested in the Kaza case.
As said, not taking a side, but I am listening to my instinct.
Maybe we are still fleshing out the right commercial win-win delivery model.
Mind you, data transfer will no doubt peak as legal, media rich content becomes more prolific in line with proper more efficient broadband speeds across OZ.
I guess it will get harder to filter end users as good or bad & that someone will develop some form of cloaking software in response.
Maybe there are no checks or measures that can be put in place?
J : )
PS I also get a sense that the same will happen to Youtube etc as people slowly get sick of the antisocial & some times criminal (slander, liable, hate crimes, assault, cyber bullying) uses it can be put to. Maybe some form of legislation, regulation or treaty. I can forsee some interesting cases of law to be considered & tested, both international and domestic. It is a shame that mankind persists in using such powerful, profound tools for such vulgar purposes…