No more P2P on Belgian ISP's
Another Belgian judge is making world news with applying some faulty technical analysis to the World Wide Web as if it is just something futile for which you can depend on just one technician.
The consultant was right in one way. you can block the P2P networks if you really want to but it is easier said than done. The network administrators know that it is easy to do in a controlled network with a network policy that is enforced and in which people can in fact do very little with their internet connection (on their workplace) because most of the ports are closed, limited, controlled and content is closely checked by one or more security devices. Due to the legal responsabilities and the security risks involved with P2P a network administrator should be crazy to let those things pass on the same network as his business or legal transactions occur.
tip : if you want to be sure that nobody uses it, put the P2P tools internally on a honeypot computer and install the tools and honeyfiles (mp3) as superserver. The P2P clients on the network will connect to this computer faster than they can say mmh and afterwards 'shhit' when caught.
But as a networkadministrator in the fronline you know also that the following techniques will render whatever policy and anti-P2P tools caduc if you don't want to find musicfiles on the computers of your network.
* copy the cd or transfer the vinyl
* record the online radio station
* share the music in other programs like MSN
* download the music from online storage (too many to mention)
* find it on usenet
* send it by mail or share the giga full mailbox
* rename the files to something personal like my wedding speech, grandfather tells 1, etc.... and destroy the metatags of the file
* encrypt the files or put passwords on it
* share the files at home with personal file servers (and their networks)
* use more advanced P2P where things are encrypted
* cut the files in thousand pieces and regroup them afterward
* use a personal proxy or anonymizer or put yourself in an mixter network
And probably I have forgotten another 10 methods you can use to get music and video online without using any of the P2P networks.
The ISP's are right to say that it would be very difficult to control every file that passes its networks to see if it has been paid for or not. The only way to do this is to whitelist the servers from which you could download music and block all the rest (except for some other methods explained above).
If the Belgian organisation for the defense of the copyrights SABAM would be more smart, they would concentrate their actions for the moment on the private networks and the school networks. This would have an immediate success in stead of the Fata Morgana of a web free of networks that exchange for free all kinds of files (whatever the means used).
BTW if Sabam wants to be purer than white it should also be more open about what it does with the money and it should also ask itself if it is the true sense of copyrights to make organising events too expensive for noncommercial organisations, to make digital copies of your own analog stuff illegal even if the digital prices are much too high and to make certain forms of creativity illegal because it uses snippets of copyrighted materials. And if Sabam is really an organisation that wants to defend art it should re-invest part of the sums that it collects into the digitalisation of works that are public domain.