Originally Posted by mgkdragn
Yep, we're bringing jobs back to the USA ..
Back in when Napster and the like first became hugely popular peer to peer sites, I remember the bru ha ha over kids getting the letters and the lawsuits / settlements .. I suppose it's no different now .. I have a very, very basic undertstanding how the torrents work.. but from what I know, it seems more difficult to track down individual users ..
It would not be if the ISP's provided the information. Generally speaking the ISP's have the technology and tools to shutdown torrents, but until they are legally obligated to do so, they most likely won't for fear of being sued.
If piracy continues to be a huge issue we could see Federal law that would require ISP's to block access to torrents/illegal downloads.
I work in computer security and can tell you the tools exist right now to block torrents. Only issue I see is that there are legitimate uses for torrents as well, so they would need to refine the tools not to block potentially legal torrents vs illegal.
I suspect we are heading down this road and more ISP's are implementing methods to stop illegal torrents.