Items tagged "P2P"

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Comcast and BitTorrent: Together at Last? [Updated]

March 27, 2008 Broadband , FCC , Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , P2P

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Comcast and BitTorrent, Inc. are now working together to “collaborate on ways to run BitTorrent’s technology more smoothly on Comcast’s broadband network, and allow Comcast to transport video files more effectively over its own network.” While we applaud application developers and network operators getting together to figure out how to improve the efficiency of the Internet, this changes nothing about the issues raised in the petitions on network management; the FCC must still act quickly to ensure that its four principles for broadband service have real meaning and that consumers are protected.

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PK Comments on European Discussion of Filtering, Three-strikes Programs

March 11, 2008 Broadband , Fair Use , Network Neutrality , P2P , Piracy

Last month, Public Knowledge submitted comments to the European Commission in response to this communication on online creative content. The Commission was asking for input about a variety of topics, including making DRM interoperable, creating licenses that would work across national boundaries within the EU, and how to deal with online piracy.

PK's comments focused on just two of the 11 separate questions put for the by the Commission, about potential enforcement mechanisms against online infringement. Those questions were:

10) Do you consider the Memorandum of Understanding, recently adopted in France, as an example to followed?

11) Do you consider that applying filtering measures would be an effective way to prevent online copyright infringements?

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Pulling the Plug on P2P (or the Internet): a poor solution for infringement or ID theft

March 6, 2008 P2P , Piracy

"Share your music—lose your identity." It could be the rallying cry of a hipper-than-thou music fan who only likes bands "before they were cool." But no, it's the title of an op-ed by Representative Howard Coble (R-NC), Ranking Member of the House IP Subcommittee. In it, he links copyright infringement with the risk of identity theft.

Specifically, he cites the example of Gregory Kopiloff, who pled guilty to committing identity theft with personal information he scrounged off of the computers of LimeWire users.

Coble then proceeds with his commentary, implicitly equating this security risk with both copyright infringement and p2p software generally. This is a real mistake, and a real cause for concern if that's the attitude policymakers take when approaching online copyright enforcement.

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Comcast Finds Innovative New Ways to Block Competitors (and Critics)

February 26, 2008 Broadband , FCC , Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , P2P

Sam Gustin at Portfolio.com has posted an article about how, at the FCC's open hearing on the future of the Internet, Comcast paid people to arrive early and hold spots for Comcast employees. Unfortunately, a fair number of those employees never actually showed up, leaving some uninterested people sleeping in the first row of the hearing while dozens of interested citizens were stuck outside.

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Don’t Overlook The Elegance of Markey’s Bill

February 22, 2008 Broadband , Network Neutrality , P2P

House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey’s new Net Neutrality bill is surprisingly deceptive. When most people see it, the legislation (HR 5353) looks like some general stuff at the beginning, then a requirement for some hearings and a study by the Federal Communications (FCC) at the end.

It would be a mistake to zip through the first part of the bill, however, because that’s where its significance lies. What Markey has done is cleverly and simply to transport the concepts from the Communications Act and from the FCC’s own Internet policy statement into a bill.

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Now Comcast Will Have To Justify Itself In Person

February 21, 2008 Broadband , P2P

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Monday hearing in Cambridge, Mass., will be a reality check about how control of the Internet can be accomplished, by whom, and what the consequences will be.

Commissioners will have the chance to question, in public, representatives of businesses that could be affected by Comcast’s throttling of BitTorrent and to make Comcast defend itself in the face of live criticism from those who know the Internet best. Comcast and the FCC will have to tell David Reed, who originated the “end to end” architecture idea for the Internet why it’s better to have Comcast and other network operators take control, rather than users and content suppliers. BitTorrent will note how the technology is going mainstream, used by such respectable customers as NASA.

Here’s the agenda:

11:45 a.m. Technology Demonstration – Gilles BianRosa, Chief Executive Officer, Vuze, Inc.

12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion 1: Policy Perspectives

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FCC Moves Forward on Internet Service Blocking and Text Messaging Discrimination

January 16, 2008 Broadband , FCC , Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , P2P

Over the past few months, Public Knowledge, Free Press, Vuze, and several other like-minded organizations have filed petitions with the FCC asking for them to step up, stop ISPs and mobile carriers from blocking lawful communications, and enforce the consumer-friendly policies they adopted over two years ago. Monday, the FCC moved the process forward by asking the public to comment on all three petitions. Look for us to file comments in the coming weeks. You can have your voice heard, too, by filing your own comments; see below for details.

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Mark Cuban: Blocking and Discrimination OK, but not for HDNet

November 27, 2007 FCC , HDTV , Internet Protocol , Network Neutrality , P2P

In my public talks on net neutrality, I often raise the irony of telco opponents of non-discrimination in Internet access being more than happy to advocate for non-discrimination, or “program access” when it comes to cable operators giving them video programming for their nascent subscription video services (like FiOS and U-verse). Art has blogged about it here. The cable companies are equally guilty of such doublespeak when they seek non-discriminatory interconnection rights for their Internet voice services on teleco-controlled broadband networks.

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ACT NOW! House Sneaks Higher Ed Filtering Requirement in 750 Page Education Bill

November 12, 2007 DRM , P2P , Piracy

This past summer, colleges and universities had quite a scare when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proposed an amendment to a huge higher education bill that would have conditioned financial aid on higher educational institutions employing filtering technology and would have required the Secretary of Education to devise a “bad actors” list of the 25 schools with the highest levels of illegal P2P file sharing based on content industry numbers. After a fierce call to action, the higher ed community and their friends were able to beat back the amendment and get it replaced with another that required only that higher ed institutions advise their students in writing of the legal consequences of file sharing.

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In the News

July 26, 2007 P2P , Piracy , Policy Blog , Spectrum Reform

  • A coalition of universities, educators and online activists persuaded Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to soften his approach to legislation dealing with file-sharing on campus. As a result of the work done by the group, led by EDUCAUSE, Reid dropped his idea to require colleges to implement technological deterrents to illegal file-sharing. Instead, his amendment to an education bill only requires that colleges send their students information on copyright laws and on university policies on infringement.

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