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TalkTalk has branded U2 windbag Bono's intervention in the debate over illegal filesharing "outrageous", after he said efforts to block child pornography showed ISPs should be doing more to protect intellectual property. As part of his latest execrable, relentlessly pretentious sermon* for the New York Times' op-ed section, Bono …

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"noble effort to stop child pornography"

What "noble effort"? Various governments waste huge amounts of money specifically on stopping child pornography being distributed over the public internet. That's it. Child pornography is still produced and distributed, albeit in a manner less visible to the public. "Out of sight, out of mind" is the motto of these people. They couldn't care less about the issues, just fickle, manipulatable public opinion.

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I usually try to post sensible comments but...

Bono is a dick.

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Concise and to the point....

but gives him too much credit.

Dicks are useful (as are assholes). Bonio is more genital wart than anything else.

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agree 100%

May I refer all readers to P.60 of the Viz annual (The Council Gritter - issues 162 - 171)

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Low signal to noise ratios

Were that so, then I would expect this naif saintly irish mother theresa would definitely know that if you mean "cowgirl in reverse" then you don't say "reverse cowgirl".

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Do I win?

Linux Distros?

Do I win? :-p

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Linux

I presume you are referencing Linux because without it broadband, and computing generally, would be a much sadder experience?

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Another craptastic article.

"Internet industry figures admit in private it would be significant" is as disingenuous a statement as any you claim TalkTalk are making. If you are going to make claims that an organisation doesn't back up its claims with fact, try not making the same mistake yourself. Who edits this rubbish, anyway?

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Re: Another craptastic article.

That is based on conversations over several years with senior executives at ISPs, who for obvious reasons cannot admit as such in public.

Off the record conversations are essential in journalism because they are sometimes the only way to reveal a truth. If you don't like it I suggest you read something else. Or indeed, nothing at all.

Best,

- Chris

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How do they know?

I was going to question that statement too, but I'll take your word for it.

What I want to know is, how do these senior executives figure it out? Assuming they haven't actually been looking at what all their customers have been downloading, how do they calculate how much customers value the ability to download music for free? Paris because I really don't know.

TalkTalk is pretty much the only ISP I actually like, I would have been their customer if it weren't for the poor lines out here in the sticks which lead to increased cost.

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Hold on there buddy...

"Internet industry figures admit in private it would be __significant__."

No offence, but I'm going to go ahead and call 'bullshit' on this. What you're saying is that there is a significant number of internet subscribers who are using their connection to just download copyrighted material. Additionally, if this were not possible they would not keep the connection.

What would be significant? 10% of the user base? Using the subscriber numbers from 2007 ( http://www.internetworldstats.com/dsl.htm ) 1% would be 139,571 people who would give up their connection if there was no copyrighted material to download. (Let alone, 1.3million.) So yes, I say it again, Bullshit.

ISPs are not raking in the cash as they ride the wave made by Pirate Bay as Bono and your self seem to be implying.

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As it was then...

I think that statement was true when broadband first came along (ie music downloads were the killer app for broadband) but these days I seriously doubt we would ditch our highspeed connections if the whole piracy thing just disappeared tomorrow. We're hooked and there's no looking back.

PS. Bono's a twat.

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Equally off the record...

... the music industry might concede what several not-very-cooked-by-them studies, and in fact some book publishers from practice(!) have found: That there is significant gain from ensuring a wider audience gets reached, regardless of how ``illegal'' that is done. Right, that'll happen. But lobby industries' denials do not change whether such a thing is true or not. Political failure for the good for the citizens to prevail is politicians directly failing their core market customers. Not mentioning ``core competencies'' though.

And as regards child pr0n, I disagree with talk talk (and various governments the world over including the UK government), in that mandatorily blocking anything constitutes censorship, which is bad and undemocratic any way you look at it, and does exactly nothing for the children that are, will be, or might be abused. And a fix for the moral panic it sprang out of it also is not.

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Re: As it was then...

Agreed. It's privately accepted that P2P - most of it illegal - was mostly responsible for establishing broadband. And as you say, there's no going back.

Equally, what do people think Virgin Media 50Mbit subscribers pay the premium for today? The people I'm referring to in the story say illegal film and TV downloads.

If Bono had his way, and it was tracked or blocked, would there be a market for that service? Genuine question. Please don't mention Linux distros.

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Re: As it was then...

Hell yeah! Off the top of my head at consumer level: -

-Online gaming,

- Streaming of HD movies / TV Shows (see Korea for example)

- HD quality video messenging.

- Cloud computing in the future?

Then, at a business level: -

- Video Conferencing,

- File sharing (as in CAD drawings, projects, etc) between remote sites,

- Remote HD presentations (uhm, if they are still used)

I'm sure if I thought about it more, I would find more consumer level reasons, but those are the ones I use in some kind of way (online gaming, SD iplayer, and SD skype, for example... Lowly 2Mb speed here :( )

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Different business model needed

If the content carried by the network sells the network, morally the providers of the content should reasonably get a commission, but when they do, the commission has to be conditional upon legitimising use of content for which sales commission is due. The idea that content providers can police use of the network is incompatible with human rights concerned with privacy and expression.

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And more...

More and more people are using VPN access to make home working a reality.

As a computer professional (and I know many others that do the same from time to time) a fast Internet connection is essential for a practical home solution.

Granted, you don't need 50Mbit but how many people actually have that? An insignificant proportion I would guess.

When broadband was first being bought up, it was probably true that the vast majority were tech-savvy hackers wanting the latest cinema-ripped off content from some dodgy sites. Today, although they are the bandwidth hoggers, I suggest that they are a very small minority of Internet users.

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ISPs Hear Me!

[Honest] Have you seen the size of a ripped 1080p movie! I need more bandwidth to P2P these files and I will pay you more money for it. Throttle me and I walk to someone who doesn't. Thank you for defending your customers! [/Honest]

ISPs have no interest in supporting P2P traffic!

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Sorry let me help

Hands up who wants a 20mb @£35pm connection if you can't download free shit from the hinterwebs.

Not me and I'm sure all you standing at the back shuffling your feet agree.

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Exactly as above...

From a consumer point of view, at least - I know many households (my own included) who have more than one online gamer / heavy internet user at at time using thier service - a not unusual line up when I used Virgin's 20Mb service would be: 2 x WoW clients, 1 x Eve client 2 x Spotify clients, messenger clients plus Teamspeak / skype / Ventrillo and web browsing etc.. all these over 2 machines. More if the kids are round (iphones etc). It's very easy to suddenly produce a large amount of data traffic over your connection these days whilst remaining wholly within the law.

Now I don't live in a cable area, and I'm kinda missing it.. <itch> 8Mb (more like 4 - 7ish) doesnt cut it.

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Re: As it was then...

@Chris,

I have one of these 50Mbit connections - the reason? I do a LOT of work with large files and websites, alongside broadcasting on an internet radio station (licensed I might add before anyone jumps on that point). I also do a lot of gaming alongside said station, so being able to download games on steam etc and new MP3's from Amazon etc at high speed is great for me!

I suspect I'm not the only one using these 'premium' connections for these sort of reasons.

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My first illegal MP3....

.....was a U2 track.

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Re: My first illegal MP3....

I note that it wasn't an album, therefore costing Bono 79p not £7.

Dare I suggest that most people find far better things to download now than U2 stuff. Really - Bono needs a reality check!

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Question...

Is "Bono" Gaelic for "knob end"? Shame, because Bono is less fun.

Much as I dislike Talk-Talk, good for them.

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Gaelic - WTF?

They speak Irish in Ireland not Gaelic.

On a further note - Make Bono History!

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No such thing as Irish

Its definitely Gaelic hence they have Gaelic football.

Back to the subject, Bono is talking complete crap as always but I would like to see the end of P2P from a purely technical stance because it is highly inefficient.

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Nice little...

article about the bonobo from Alternet today:

http://tinyurl.com/alternetbono

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I upgraded my internet connection to 20Mb

Only to download Linux Distro's.

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He really is a sanctimonious twat

To quote Graham Norton:

"People like Bono really annoy me. He goes to hell and back to avoid paying tax. He has a special accountant. He works out Irish tax loopholes. And then he's asking me to buy a well for an African village. Tarmac a road or pay for a school, you tight-wad!”

I'd take his views on government policy a lot more seriously if he paid something towards it.

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re: He really is a sanctimonious twat

Graham Norton is a surprising cool bloke. Spot on !

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re: Graham Norton

Well, god _damn_. Right on, Norton! Buy that man a beer! Hell, _several_ beers.

I think BBC America still carries his show over here; I think I'm going to have to start watching him, if I can just pry the remote from my wife's hand and switch over from "Law & Order" (spit).

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Norton's not too bad

Just download his shows so you can watch them whenever..

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@Steve 70

How dare you! Bono is a perfectly credible spokesman for struggling musicians everywhere...

And while he may not literally equate child pron with illegal filesharing, equate them he does by his argument.

Need a Bono with horns icon...

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tracking content.

It is indeed easy to track content (if it is hosted on a website that doesnt move). Tracking encrypted porn being P2P'd is harder, but even assuming that's possible, it is easy to say that it is ALWAYS illegal.

Now, blocking a song being sent over the internet requires the ISP to KNOW that the song should not be sent. That is altogether harder. It may be a track i have written, that i own on one computer but need to send to another, or that is not copyrighted at all. The ISPs cannot know all of that.

I know what bono is trying to say, but then the problems are not at all the same.

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Shock Horror!

You mean Bono not only fails to understand the complexities of international aid, but he's passing his opinions off on even MORE topics he's not qualified to comment or pass judgement on - who'd have thought it.

Bono - you sing songs in a band - get over yourself.

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Bono is a god not a dick!

How dare Steve 70 suggest Bono is a dick. Clearly the man has a point, as does everyone is in the music industry saying illegal downloading is killing the industry.

Ignoring the fact that the week after Christmas the UK had a record amount of Single sales, 4.22 million of them, and in October the record for most amount of singles sold in a year was broken with 10 weeks of sales still to go and final figures are expected to be around the 150 million mark. Its also clear looking at sales figures over the past few years that as internet users increase so do single sales.

So ignoring the fact that the internet has actually increased sales figure the internet is clearly killing the music industry

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Increased singles sales != Increased sales

The great pick-n-mix of iTunes is killing the album.

Of course, the album's integrity was continually undermined during the nineties and naughties by gimmick marketing: incessant "bonus features" destroyed the experience for the listener.

The "hidden track" was never well hidden and meant your CD would go silent for a minute or three before playing a minute or two of title track reprise. Kind of took the point out of getting a CD multichanger if you couldn't just let your CDs run continuously.

The "rerelease album with extra track that we released as a single" or "now with added bonux tracks" thing almost invariably led to an inconsistent sound across the album (because the tracks were recorded at a different time with different instruments and/or settings and possibly even a different band line-up), a bit like inserting a purple picture into a collection from Picasso's blue period -- similar, maybe; good, again maybe; out of place, definitely.

And then there was remix fever, which meant getting two or three songs from the album repeated at the end in a completely unrecognisable version in a style that fans of the artist's original style probably wouldn't like anyway. This combines the negative effects of deja vu with a rather extreme version of the inconsistency of the "wrong colour" bonus tracks problem above.

The album should be able to be taken as a single work or a collection of works (consider that "opera" is a Latin plural word, yet many purists still hold that a single piece from an opera cannot be fully appreciated outside of the complete opera). Short-sighted sales-chasing by the labels undermined that and now they're taking the hit.

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Figures, Stats & Ingoring the truth

You can wave those single's sale in Bono's face until his cows get milked.

The RIAA(U) & BPI etc are infamous for ignoring the real facts. They will bend it, squeeze, & shake it until they get them to show what they want.

ego,

All downloads of Music are pirating. Think of the poor musician said Bono. Balls I say (especially those of Ed Balls)

I don't DL Music. I have used the iplayer and 4OD a few times. There again, I'm of an age where there is precious little new musing that interests me being produced. Certainly not some Simon Cowell close whiner.

however the writing is on the wall. DPI will become the norm nd everything we do on the interwebs will be censored probably within 5 years.

How long before NuLab proposed a £100/year license to use the Internet?

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The band TalkTalk?

It's my life and I guess I am living in another world because I am confused. Such a shame; life is what you make it and all you want to do is talk talk.

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Tape / Video / Internet is killing music

Yawn - Heard it all before.

"Home taping is killing music"

"Video killed the radio star" (like how I fitted that in? no - I'll get me coat)

"Video is killing movies"

"Internet is killing music"

To be honest, the heydays of music have passed because you know what, the kids have more to do now. They don't sit in their bedrooms listening to 7" all day anymore; they spend thier hours killing people in drive-by shootings on their PS3/Xbox, or taming ponies on their Wii.

I have to ask; how much poorer would society REALLY be if there were no record conglomerates, nobody recorded music for the masses, and maybe even if there were no more films? Yeah, I can see why this is SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than the energy crisis, global warming, people being afraid of what a group of kids will do to them if they ask them to stop smashing up a car, research into diseases that kill thousands...

(for the record, I'm not a freetard, just a free thinker)

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NSFW

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Is the music industry dying??

If so does that mean we won't have to suffer the yearly twats and morons shoutfest they call the BRITS anymore?!

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Way to go BristolBachelor

You hit on the nail there buddy.

It is about time the music industry realised their market and business model has changed permanently and making easy millions out of pop music is no longer an option.

On behalf of our reality overlords, I welcome the music industry and all those who think popular music is the path to instant fame and fortune. Subscribe to Simon Cowell's ruthlessness if you really want that and try understanding the word "business" in the description "music business".

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To paraphrase Tribe Called Quest...

Hey yo! Bono know this

And Bono know that

But Bono know jack

'Cause Bono can't rap

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Sigh

Bono, U2, everyone who has ever called themselves a fan: there's a special place in hell for the lot of them.

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Geldof's Ok though

He's doing penance right here on earth every time his daughter opens her silly ingrate mouth. I'm surprised he doesn't have a permanent indent on his forehead by now.

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FOAD Bonio

Or, if you must chase column inches, at least bleat on about something that we give a toss about.

Like tax evasion. That impacts on everyone, not just multinational execs.

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What else did we expect?

It's natural for the likes on Bono to invoke the spectre of child Pr0n to support his argument: politicians are at it, the police are at it and advocates all over the shop are always at it. It's a cudgel with which to beat down one's opponents and an effectively blunt instrument in almost every situation. But let's not take too many more lectures about the good and evils of world off this obscenely wealthy mutlimillionaire and his chums in the music biz. Hardly the best of role models, are they? More like snake-oil salesmen.

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yes of course

I'm not Bono's biggest fan, but in any case I am forced to concur with you all since you have each manifestly achieved more in your lives and done more for the greater good and suchlike than he has. I mean, it's self-evident.

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