Discuss: ISPs and Piracy

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June 15, 2012 at 05:43:25
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Comcast is now following Verizon in denying to give out information about its users to courts in cases related to piracy. Discuss here if you think this is a wise legal move by the ISPs, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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June 15, 2012 at 07:25:48
I fail to understand how an ISP can legally say no to a court order for information. If they are an American business based in the US, my understanding of the law is, if the court subpoena's information from them, they have to comply or they are liable for charges of their own.

Personally, not being a thief, I couldn't care less if people who steal software, movies, and music (or anything else for that matter) get busted for it. In fact, I rather think they should and am therefore dead set against ISP's protecting criminals. Actually, this takes it one step further if you think about it logically. If they refuse to give information about a criminal to the courts, are they not in fact abetting the criminal in the act of the crime by offering them protection!?!?

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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June 15, 2012 at 12:19:59
I may be wrong, but I believe these are NOT criminal cases, but civil process.
Different game, different rules.



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June 16, 2012 at 07:42:02
I don't think any service provider should pass out information without a specific court order for a specific user.

:: mike

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