Re: Blame the ISPs as well
"In a effort to show how family friendly they are, the ISPs have shot themselves in the foot by blocking kiddie pr0n images. Once its obviously technically possible, they'll be compelled to block everything else. Lets face it, if you can rate-limit P2P traffic then you can block it as well."
A very good point - though I've no problem with the limited Cleanfeed system. Even if it didn't exist, the massive filtering systems currently in use in China, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere do demonstrate that it is possible to monitor and block what traffic passes on a network.
Of course it's also possible to subvert these measures through using proxy servers and anonymiser services etc - however if unlawful P2P traffic was blocked then many ordinary users might well be put off enough so they no longer bother downloading illegit music and video.
Only some would put the effort in to get round the restrictions - and the more effort a user has to put in to getting over the hurdles, the less they can argue they didn't realise they were breaking the rules (and the underground nature of this all might well further put off some who would otherwise be technically proficient enough to get past the blocking).
I'm not arguing in favour of the record companies, nor promoting DRM - just pointing out that as network technologies develop, blocking P2P etc may well be considered more and more feasible. This issue is far from dead - in fact perhaps Cameron has fired the opening volleys in the next stage of this battle.
Don't forget that the UK government and politicians will be particularly sensitive to the concerns of intellectual property owners in the 'creative industry' (record, television and film companies) as the sector makes up a significant chunk of our exports.