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19 March 2012 @ 06:31 pm
All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012  
Originally posted by mrsr58 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
making the LJ rounds

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."
The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.
Fox news confirms this:
Youtube video explaining this:

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mrsr58: dean blackmrsr58 on March 19th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
this is so not going to be fun. :-(
Kristin: Spn (3x08) » Sad!Samkristypadalecki on March 21st, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
I hear ya! D:
Rubysweetcitruss on March 20th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
Ugh! I never thought it would ever come to this.
Kristin: Gilmore Girls » Deankristypadalecki on March 21st, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
I know, I didn't either. :(
Miss Ashley: [lost; juliet]imagine_peace on March 22nd, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
Oh great, downloading shows is like the only way I get to watch anything anymore! :(
Kristin: Spn (3x03) » “I Lost My Shoe”kristypadalecki on March 22nd, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
That sucks. :(
Miss Ashleyimagine_peace on March 23rd, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
I know it's obviously not exactly legal to do that, but it's pretty much the only way for me. Ah well. We'll see what happens.
Kristin: Merlin » Arthur/Merlinkristypadalecki on March 25th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
I hear you. I was trying to keep up with Merlin, and it comes here on TV eventually, but it takes a while.
Miss Ashleyimagine_peace on March 25th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
I guess we'll just see how it all turns out.
Kristin: Merlinkristypadalecki on March 29th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Nothing else we can do, I guess...
Miss Ashleyimagine_peace on March 31st, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
Guess so.
Kristin: Gilmore Girls » Deankristypadalecki on March 31st, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Kellie: SPN - Dean||doesn't approvekelzies on March 22nd, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
This is damn ridic. And I've been wondering how they will differentiate between legal, or free, downloads and those that aren't. One band I've seen put their album up Ffor free on Mediafire to drum up interest. This shuts them down as well. :/ Fandom will become a boring place if all these things come to pass. :(
Kristin: J² » b/wkristypadalecki on March 25th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
I know!! I'm so bummed about this whole thing. :(