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Film Studios Seeking Complete Block of Newzbin2 in the UK 231

superglaze writes "Having got BT, one of the biggest ISPs in the UK, to block the Newzbin2 Usenet site, the Motion Picture Association is now trying to get the same result from all the other major service providers in the country. As this is likely to go through, it won't be long before most people in the UK will be unable to visit file-sharing sites at all, without using a proxy, VPN, or special client."
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Film Studios Seeking Complete Block of Newzbin2 in the UK

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  • the article (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09, 2011 @09:59AM (#37998506)

    having just read that, it seems, there is no need for smaller ISPs that resell the connection of BT to be blocked (which they wont be it seems).

    now, if there is one idea we can steal from patent trolls (if they didn't patent it yet) its making shell companies with no real atributes.

    how about making smaller ISPs that do nothing but resell the connection of BT, if they get sued, you drop them and offer the clients to swap to another shell company with no added costs, under the same terms.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 09, 2011 @10:04AM (#37998568)

    Stop watching TV and cancel all magazine subscriptions. When you block these big-money ad channels, you'll find you want less things than you used to.

    Ads are all about making you want stuff you didn't want before. Or even knew about before.

    Piracy doesn't matter anymore; it's about useless stuff we can live without. Try it yourself if you don't believe me. Toss that TV and cancel all newspaper and mag subs.

  • by xaxa ( 988988 ) on Wednesday November 09, 2011 @12:24PM (#38000370)

    I also don't understand why they think you'll consume an entire litre of fizzy drink during a single movie.

    American influence, I think. I don't remember much from my single trip to the cinema in the USA, many years ago, except that the staff wondered why the British children didn't want any food or drink. We lasted the duration of Finding Nemo with no ill effects, and without consuming 175% of a child's RDA of sugar in a single drink (figure for a supersized "42 oz" (1.25L) coke).

    At McDonalds (figures from the websites):
    - A "large" drink in the UK is 0.5L, a "medium" about 0.4L, a "small" 0.25L (Germany has the same sizes).
    - A "large" drink in the US is 0.95L, a "medium" is 0.62L, a "small" 0.47L, and a "child" 0.35L.

    The US "child" drink, the smallest available, is about the same as a UK/German "medium".

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