Eight news stories 27.11


  1. You can’t just sue ISPs to stop piracy. They work on incredibly tight margins and they can’t afford to police the internet.

    If they start to get sued or have to take action, then ISPs will disappear because it’s not worth it and the few that are left will drive prices up to pay for the policing (and of course, their monopoly).

    People will then have less money and will probably not be able to afford as much entertainment (like a game or DVD less a month) pushing them towards old-fashioned piracy like the car boot sale.

    The other argument is, can you sue Smith & Wesson for the horror that they enabled?

  2. re: Carphone Warehouse “giving away” PS3’s.

    This is more a reflection of how badly mobile phone users are getting ripped off by CW than anything to do with Sony’s fortunes.

  3. Mobile phone resellers have been giving away Wiis and DSes for several years now.

  4. Quote:

    Nintendo have taught us just how polished games need to be these days.

    Um…you mean like Wii Music?

  5. Last comment isn’t appearing…

    So… Carphone warehouse is also running a Free Wii promo…does that mean there is something wrong with Wii sales too?


  6. I know you like to bang on that piracy drum until it’s dead, but –

    ISPs should not be responsible for the data that their infrastructure carries.

    ISPs should not disconnect users just because a third party asks.

    Content providers need better proof of infringement than just Logistep data.


    Atari have just stopped pursuing alleged filesharers using the Davenport Lyons fear extorting scattergun method. Thank god one company sees sense.

    I’d like to see someone with the resources to take these allegations to court, I doubt the evidence, or more specifically, lack of evidence would stand up at all. The allegation that the ISP contract holder is responsible for all traffic that goes in and out of their unsecured wireless connection would probably fall flat on its face too.

    But we know that’s never going to happen. As soon as someone man’s up, that case is dropped. It’s too much hassle, move onto someone willing to settle.

    One letter, £0.36, one settlement, £500. In times of recession, what an incredible return.

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