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August 18, 2009

Illegal file sharers targeted by Lord Mandelson

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by David Allen

It seems that Lord Mandelson, is now looking to make the internet part of his domain.

In the Digital Report written by Lord Carter, it was suggested that a softer approach should be taken in order to address the illegal file sharing situation.

However, Lord Mandelson appears to have a different idea on this and is looking to get tough on illegal file sharers.

According to the Daily Mail, the plans could be very draconian indeed, in fact it is suggested that those suspected of illegal file sharing will have their broadband cut off.

There could even be fines of up to £50,000 and parents should not think that they can get away with it either, as they too could face serious punishment as a result of their children’s online activities.

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  1. £50,000 !!!!

    I could steal a car crash it and kill somebody and get away with less.

    Comment by Daniel — August 18, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

  2. His Lordship does not know how to count! :)

    Comment by Ali — August 18, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

  3. Lord Mandelson obviously owns large amounts of shares in software companies.
    Too right.. if you done something really bad you would only get a £500 fine from the courts, so 50k i would say is a little out of proportion!!
    Drive it underground would be the simple solution by removing the sites making money from it, not attacking the people who, as a trend use it. Once underground its easier to prosecute the big players.

    Comment by Lord Mandelson — August 18, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

  4. I wonder what he thinks the punishment for mortgage fraud should be… a highly paid job in Brussels perhaps.

    Comment by Gordon Brown-Trousers — August 18, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

  5. a vote for the pirate party in the european elections just might let the polititions know that they have got to keep up with the times, not try to supress them.

    Comment by Mr Pirate — August 18, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

  6. what kinda player is his Lordship?
    Answer: obviously not a bootlager!

    Comment by Ali — August 18, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

  7. You should not interfere with the dark lord’s work. We should petition Daniel Radcliff to come round and sort this out

    Comment by Gareth — August 19, 2009 @ 1:26 am

  8. Illegal file sharing can be blocked by ISPs and in some countries ( like Mauritius ), they have already done so. The ISPs in U.K. do not wan’t to do this, as the users would switch to competitors’ ISP. If big branded ISPs block commonly used ports and cap usage, new ISPs might emerge and give its users the freedom that others don’t.

    Targeting teenagers and threatening parents for their online activities is a foolish and impractical solution to this problem.

    Another solution to this problem would be decreasing the price of products, like Microsoft has done for its Office software in China. They have slashed the price to 29$ to encourage people to buy legit software. Downloading illegal movies, softwares, music has always proven to be risky, pirated softwares are known to be loaded with viruses. The general public could be educated with the risks of downloading online, while containing it up to some level through ISPs and reduce the prices to a point where any user would prefer to have a legit copy.

    The problem here is that, whether it is software, movie or music, the copyright owners want to get filthy rich overnight. So as long as prices remain unreasonably high, people will want pirated content. A song for 80p or 60p may look cheap enough, but our iPods and Zunes have up to 120GB of storage. Even filling a quarter of it, with legit music would only be possible by the CEOs of this world, who want pirated content destroyed.

    Comment by Dragon Yoon — August 19, 2009 @ 11:44 am

  9. Who? Was he elected? No. Just because Paliament is in recess doens’t mean he can step in any take over the joint.
    The sooner this guy is recognised for what he is the better. Oh he is already? Then what the **** is he doing in the lords?

    Comment by Phil — August 19, 2009 @ 11:59 am

  10. I’d get players to only play files that have a personally encrypted “user licence” on them. User licences could be controlled centrally. Such technology would allow backups to be made of pre-recorded stuff from media such as VHS video tapes onto blu-ray DVD. You would then know who was file-sharing and who was making backups.

    Comment by Dave — August 19, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  11. all that would happen is that new methods would evolve using encrypted sessions.
    These could be anywhere in the world well away from any UK legislation.

    Already there are servers that will do the downloads for you, and then you simply transfere the file to your PC.

    Comment by keith — August 19, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

  12. Mr Mandelson has not been elected and while his vision is of course rivetting to read it is irrelevant as he will be getting the bums rush in the real world in 2010. This shows that he is still grasping at straws to keep his name in the papers in whatever pathetic form he can. He is the best reason to abolish the Noble Lords House I can think of and put him onto the streets!!

    Comment by Philip Goddard — August 19, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

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