Guardian column on LibDem proposal to block web-lockers


6 Responses to “Guardian column on LibDem proposal to block web-lockers”

  1. KevinMarks says:

    This could also threaten Amazon S3, and any other cloud storage service

  2. jim says:

    Personally, I really like what Scribd has been doing with hashfiles to make it a little more difficult to continually re-up the same ebook each time the publisher gets it pulled. At least in the case of ebooks, once you realize that there’s really just 2 or 3 distinct files out there amongst the millions of copies, it makes the problem of keeping them off the filesharing sites must more manageable.

    • Anonymous says:

      All you need to do when hashfiles are used to block uploads is to stick the file(s) in a zip, rename the files and include a random small file to create a bit of variation, password the zip and no similar hash is going to block it.

      • jim says:

        Sure, but Scribd doesn’t allow zip files, it’s a document sharing site. Also, the point of copy-protection efforts isn’t to make it impossible to share something (if it’s digital it can be copied) but to reduce the casual sharing, which is 90% of the problem. Someone determined to game the system can always get something through, but a simple curb like a hashfile is amazingly effective at controlling most of the problem. Finally, if you’re password protecting the archive, why even bother adding another file to the mix, the site won’t be able to look inside the archive to index it. People ultimately don’t like grabbing locked archives, though. Too much hassle.

  3. teb says:

    And separate from that, there’s the infrastructural cost of establishing a Great Firewall of Britain in order to block access to web lockers.

    We already have internet censorship infrastructure in the UK. It’s called Cleanfeed. All ISP’s use it to block CP.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cory, you haven’t been in UK long enough to understand LibDems, they are, as Adams would say, ‘Mostly Harmless’. They have no real power and cave at the first instance of libertarian scrutiny. As such, you should (1) educate and (2) embrace. Trust me, they’re better than the rest of them. (Plus, the Lords don’t really count, and the LibDems’ disproportionate presence in the upper house is largely due to the indulgence of successive administrations). If you want an interesting evening, go to a LibDem ward meeting wherever you live (warning, you will be hit up for fund-raising pounds, but its OK, ‘cos single digits are appreciated) also, be ready with a ‘prior engagement’ excuse to leave. (You want UK politics? These guys have been the third power for a century)

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