Virgin Media Does a Two-Step

There is a totally interesting (and slightly puzzling) post over on TorrentFreak regarding the recent change of policy by UK’s Virgin Media:

“Virgin Media in the UK has announced that it is working with the music industry to chase down its file-sharing customers and disconnect them from the internet. At the same time, it will offer an enhanced service which will see its customers get free Usenet binaries access, untraceable by the music industry.”

Did you get that second part?  You see, all the illegal downloading and file-sharing they are claiming to try to stop can easily be circumvented by taking advantage of the Usenet access.  Either the UK government and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) literally have no idea how the internet works or they’re happy to appear to be doing something while allowing piracy to continue unabated – except for the few noobs who miss the Usenet bus.


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