Didn't expect this news when I woke up this morning : )) Comcast does something good for there customer, that's a shocker... The thought that the good came out of there Legal Department even more of a surprise 0.o
[citation][nom]brucen13[/nom]"It is evident in these cases – and the multitude of cases filed by plaintiffs and other pornographers represented by their counsel..."Love how Comcast wrote that! It implies that all plaintiffs in cases involving Comcast are pornographers.[/citation]
I have hope that eventually the courts will realize that an IP address != a person. There have already been legal precedents for this, but it is far from being widely accepted. These lawsuits are nothing but extortion. As mentioned in the article, the plaintiffs have no desire to go to court and are just trying to milk people for money. "We're suing you for $200,000 but will settle out of court for $1500". I think there needs to be a law against frivolous / predatory lawsuits.
I want to be happy and cheer this... really I do... but thanks to Comcast's horrible service it's about 2 pm where I live and I'm only now seeing this story because their service was out for the past four hours.
The only way to get rid of piracy would be to not have Internet at all. They will never control or get rid of piracy. If they are going to sue and have lawsuits against 1 or 2 pirates they need to have one against ALL pirates or just piss off completely.
But gladly I do not pirate anymore because I have discovered that they are real companies that need money for their hard work and to stay in business.
Comcast is only doing this because it's costing them money to police the internet for the RIAA/MPAA. As soon as these agencies are willing to pay for your information, I'm sure comcast will have no problems handing it over.
Here's a way to stop piracy. If you're a musician make your money by singing in concerts. If you're in the movie business make it more compelling to see the movie at the theatre (start by making it more affordable). If you're a writer....hmmm not sure how to fix that one..
The whole industry wants to live off royalties.
[citation][nom]whimseh[/nom]The only way to get rid of piracy would be to not have Internet at all. They will never control or get rid of piracy. If they are going to sue and have lawsuits against 1 or 2 pirates they need to have one against ALL pirates or just piss off completely.But gladly I do not pirate anymore because I have discovered that they are real companies that need money for their hard work and to stay in business.[/citation]
There was piracy before the internet, just not a way to effectively track it. I use to copy tapes from other tapes or from CDs long before I heard anyone use the word piracy never though anything of it or that it might be wrong. The line of thinking was once an item was purchased you could do what you wanted to with it. Still the fact remains the music/movie/publishing industries are not angry at what they've lost but what they could have.
This just brought me a little piece of mind. Now I can sleep through the night. Got one of those letters from Comcast a month ago saying they tracked me downloading this and that. I usually only get TV shows because I don't want to watch the commercials.