Couple of very promising stories came out today. First up:
Basically the law being seriously considered would be similar to a drunk driving arrest where you loose your license and car and such. If you get caught, you don't get to have internet any more. This kind of ties in with the extreme punishment blog that we did. Even if you had no financial fine at all, how would you feel about loosing any ability to have internet for a year for pirating? I think this is an excellent step and if it passes, will have a significant impact, especially when the first people get convicted.
In a similar situation, there is talk of legislation in Germany to address companies like Rapidshare that would make them responsible for the content on their service without a complaint having to be made. Currently a lot of bloggers will password protect their files thinking that Rapidshare is looking at the archives and to keep them out. If something like this passes, you can bet that Rapidshare, Megaupload and others are going to start enforcing their terms of service a lot more enthusiastically.
Today the Kuwait government just blocked 20 bittorrent sites and they plan to get even more extreme with it. As rich as Kuwait is, you can hardly use the "I'm poor" excuse for piracy. Good going Kuwait.
And finally the story of ShareReactor http://torrentfreak.com/sharereactor-admin-guilty-080212/ - of course torrentfreak puts their spin on it, but if you look at the details, this guy has had his life turned upside down for years, had to move from country to country, had to pay a ton of legal bills and ultimately this creates a positive precedent for shutting down hosters and propagators. Actually I'm curious, what legitimate use is there for systems like Rapidshare?