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4th-Apr-2008 11:11 am
Charles Dunstone earned a lot of respect from me this morning. Not for any putative ethical issue behind his refusal to police music sharing among the users of his TalkTalk broadband service - but for the shrewd business sense in knowing his customers - a knowledge base shockingly missing these days.

and BT Broadband have already agreed to issue warnings to individuals identified by the BPI as piracy offenders*, a move that has angered some of their customers - one mentioned in a friends-locked post that it was breaking the data protection act. Generally people like to have internet access in their own homes without the worry that their ISP are monitoring every activity.

Is there an equivalent of Godwins Law for invoking George Orwell novels yet?

ANYWAY, Dunstone has turned around and refused to police his customers on what they use his service for. He refuses to take responsibility for what people do on their personal computers in their own homes. The BPI are trying to turn this into a good-vs-evil fight - because downloading free music is BAD and WRONG and he has an OBLIGATION to help their anti-piracy crusade.

I don't say anything about whether or not file sharing costs the creators money, but I do say this: it's not going to stop anytime soon, and Dunstone's choice to take a stand against internet policing, accusing them of being behind the times, is going to win him a lot - a lot - of respect among the internet-using public. I would not be in the slightest bit surprised if after this, a significant number of people switched from Virgin Media and BT Broadband to go with Talk Talk, because that third company seems to understand their customer base, and this is a very very wise business decision for him to make.

Though it's rather sad that today's other attempt at internet policing is as worthy in its cause as it is pathetic in its execution. do people really think that sex offenders lack the important brain-cells needed in creating dummy email addresses?

 - you may now insert a bad-taste joke about the smart sex offenders not getting caught >_<

*mmmmm piracy.
4th-Apr-2008 10:30 am (UTC)
do people really think that sex offenders lack the important brain-cells needed in creating dummy email addresses?

I shouted precisely that thing at the radio when I heard it this morning.
4th-Apr-2008 10:39 am (UTC)
It must be all the DNA they share with lobsters.
4th-Apr-2008 10:45 am (UTC) - Is it just me or is that sentence dying to be made into an LJ icon?
Must be. That'd explain a lot.
4th-Apr-2008 11:00 am (UTC) - Re: Is it just me or is that sentence dying to be made into an LJ icon?
I don't know if you need context, but you can get it here (somewhere, couldn't find the exact clip)
4th-Apr-2008 11:06 am (UTC) - Re: Is it just me or is that sentence dying to be made into an LJ icon?
I recognized it vaguely but it was good to watch again. :) Brass Eye was one of the first things Andrew made me watch when I got here (essential assimilation/indoctrination you know), so I haven't seen it in about four years.
4th-Apr-2008 10:32 am (UTC)
I can appreciate the desire to protect artists' copyright, being one myself. But of course, that isn't what this is about. It's about MONEY!

This is just part of the wave of panic that's sweeping an indusrty as it sees it's profits potentially dry up and blow away in the wind. But downloading and file-sharing is obviously the way things are going, so they should be sensible and help people do it, not try to prevent them from doing it. No-one ever got rich by not giving people what they want.
4th-Apr-2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
As is clearly demonstrated by the meagre profits the music industry make home taping was such a disaster for them in the 1980s.

I have been known to bitorrent, but I generally only do it for TV shows and films I missed in the cinema, can't be arsed to rent, borked up recording when they showed them on TV and certainly can't afford when they first come out on DVD. Most of what I've downloaded isn't commercially avaliable. Johnathan Miller's "Rough History of Disbelief", episodes of Horizon about the Voyager mission to Neptune, that sort of thing. (And Avatar/Dr Who that either hasn't been broadcast here in years/ever).

I won't do the same for music, but then I listen to bands that don't sell many and in some cases probably don't make much more in a year than I do out of their output.
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