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Should ISP’s be copyright enforcers?

A few months ago I started this blog entry and then left it sit because I was so angry about what the potential outcome could mean to the ISP industry.  Today I read this article on Wired that give me some hope that the world isn’t about to end for ISPs so I decided to revisit this entry and see if it still makes sense. Let’s see…

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We live in a society that has mostly agreed on what is right and what is wrong.  We have coined the term, Common Values in order to build communities where we can agree on what is acceptable behaviour.  To enforce our safe communal living, we turned these common values into laws.  As a society, we have set up governments to enforce the laws (common values) and protect us from those who would harm us.

As members of society, I think we’re all in agreement that theft is a bad thing.  No matter what country you are from, it’s pretty much a given that stealing is frowned upon.  It’s a pretty common value, maybe even sacrosanct.

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FCC Votes 3-2 Against Comcast’s Internet Interference

The United States Federal Communications Commission today voted strongly in favor of the concept of ‘Net Neutrality. They found that, “Comcast has unduly interfered with Internet users’ right to access the lawful Internet content and to use the applications of their choice.” Comcast Corporation, the nation’s largest cable-television provider, had been interfering with its customers’ Internet access by secretly and selectively blocking certain types of communications known as peer-to-peer connections.

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