Piracy vs. Privacy

June 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

So I just read a really interesting article today. Swiss courts have arrived with a ruling in favor of the anti-piracy company, Logistep – the case was brought up early this year by the Swiss data protection commissioner, because the company’s tactics violated the country’s telecommunication law. According to the article, “The court said that the monitoring and data harvesting activities conducted by Logistep raise privacy concerns, since the individuals it monitors have no idea what data is being harvested and stored about them. However, despite these worries the court decided that privacy concerns are trumped by the needs of the anti-piracy company, noting that a legal basis is not required for them to operate, since they operate exclusively in the private sphere.”

So basically, the company will be allowed to continue watching P2P users and gathering information on what these users choose to share and more importantly, what they choose to download. Obviously, this raises more than a few concerns about privacy. I guess it just goes to show how much of a problem piracy has become especially today, where a person can pretty much find a free version of anything online.

Personally, I think that it’s impossible to beat piracy, just because everyone wants free stuff. And although I am against getting content illegally, I can’t say I’ve never used P2P networks to get stuff before. So I’m understandably upset to know that someone can legally watch me if I decide to illegally download, say, the next Ian Erix single. But then again, it’s good to know that there are places where I can legally get it too. Kind of like right here.

-RySy @ MyMojo

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Entry filed under: Digital Content, Mobile, mobile web applications, Music Industry, Piracy.

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