Verizon won’t jon AT&T in policing for copyright violation

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There’s a very interesting discussion at the NY Times blog with a Verizon person about why they’re not going to join AT&T in blocking packets that they algorithmically decide violate copyright.

Besides bearing on our copyright discussions, this also also bears on the question of the import and extent of the end-to-end argument. If there were only one carrier (note the hypothetical), if that carrier decided to inspect packets and treat them differently, that would not be occurring at the architectural level, but one could still argue that it violates the end-to-end principle. (Of course, the e2e principle is not inviolable; as the e2e paper itself says, it’s a design principle that should be violated when there are good reasons to.)

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