Slowtastic not as bad as nontastic?

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Interesting piece up on TechCrunch over the weekend about file sharing / net neutrality in Japan. Full story here. It seems that the four Japanese ISPs have made an agreement with copyright holders to warn users on their first “offense”, temp bans on a second offense, and at some point perma bans. Details are sketchy but more info is over at Torrent Freak.

Sure, having your file sharing uploads slowed isn’t fun (and there certainly are a lot of legal uses of protocols like BitTorrent) but having ISPs in the business of shutting down access for file sharing seems like an even more dangerous precedent on the net than a lack of packet neutrality.

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