When "shares well with others" is not a good thing
In another attempt by the entertainment industry to turn your computer into a television, it was announced yesterday that the Creative Alliance, made up of representatives from the Federation Against Copyright Theft, (FACT) the Publishers' Association, the UK Film Council, BPI and more, are going to ask ISPs to ban people who use file sharing programs after three warnings.
This amounts to a tacit endorsement of the idea that all internet traffic should be monitored for content. Currently the ISPA (association of ISPs) claims that it would be impossible to identify who is doing what and with the advent of streaming, many internet users use a large amount of bandwidth and not just file sharers.
UK Film Council head, John Woodward counters that file sharing hurts the industry and threatens jobs. All in all it sounds like the same argument: throw in the magic words "threatens jobs" so it can get some press. At least they aren't claiming that when we share files, the terrorists win. This time.