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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