Stop Piracy by Kicking P2P Users off the Internet

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 18, 2008
Updated • Dec 2, 2012
File Sharing, Internet

The glorious idea to kick file sharers off the Internet, effectively banning them from accessing the Internet, seems to be in consideration in Australia in an effort to fight Internet piracy. It does not happen very often that I'm left totally speechless but this proposal managed to succeed making me so. I really don't know how to reply to such an idiotic proposal.

Ban someone from the Internet because he is a file sharer? Would not that be the equivalent of banning someone from using knifes ever again because he stabbed someone with one? No sorry sir, you have to use the spoon to put butter on your bread, you are banned from using knifes ever again.

Well you used a car in the bank robbery, that means that we will ban you from driving around with cars ever again, sorry, no buses either, use a bike or walk. That's silly I know but that's how I feel about this proposal.

They act like if file sharing was the only activity for those users on the Internet. No information gathering, chatting, talking with friends, watching videos, movies, exchanging knowledge and all the other activities.

Someday they will understand that restrictions, drm, bans and all the other crazy ideas that they have to make the life of real consumers miserable and more expensive will not help stopping piracy at all. But go ahead, ban a huge part of the population from accessing the Internet and see what happens to the economic power and progress of that nation.. and your job in the next legislation.


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  1. Xander said on May 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    when you say it’s like banning someone from using knives ever again because they stabbed someone is stilla bit extreme; is downloading a film from a multi-million dollar industry really as wrong as stabbing a person? that person may never live a normal life again, but the movie companies are just money-grabbing sons of bitches wanting to maximise their profit margin.

  2. marowa said on April 6, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Most pirates I’ve ran into do it as much because they think they’re fighting a war against oppressive laws as they do just to get the files. If you start doing things like this you start putting them on the right side by proving that the side of law is in the wrong in more people’s eyes.

  3. darkkosmos said on February 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I don’t even care, I don’t use bittorent anyway. To thoughs who think it’s harsh, stop pirating and dancing around the MPAA while hiding behind the legal shield then.

  4. gokudomatic said on February 19, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I agree that it’s quite ridiculous, even aberrant.

  5. Roman ShaRP said on February 19, 2008 at 12:58 am

    From my links archive:

    The Lowdown on Warez
    – that’s almost complete reasons for piracy list.

    You can ban people – but that is only a symptom.
    You can’t cure piracy in that way.

    But there are some goodnes in all industry crazy proposals.
    It opens people’s eyes, and can wake real Resistance.

  6. Josh said on February 19, 2008 at 12:03 am

    That’s a little harsh. I can understand fining someone for sharing files illegally, but kicking them off the internet is just stupid. Just because somebody commits a crime doesn’t mean you should ban them from ever using the tool that they committed a crime with. Let’s just hope that they decide against this.

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