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FOX: Repeat File Sharers Should Have Internet Cut

Jim Gianopulos, the CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, said earlier today in Athens that he wants the U.S. government to adopt the same file-sharing policy currently used by France. This would mean that repeat offenders--those who insist on downloading copyright-protected films despite warnings and/or throttling--would see a permanent disconnection from the Internet.

According to Gianopulos (via the Press Association), Internet piracy is the biggest threat to the film industry worldwide, and the independent filmmakers receive the biggest hit in the wallet. Unfortunately, the Internet is not only huge, but it's "anonymous," making it difficult to derail piracy entirely. But at least there's some hope: ISPs can track down offending IPs and send subscribers warnings.

Still, it's the repeat offenders that pose the biggest threat. Punishing these file-sharers with a swift, heavy hand could help create a "level playing field" for filmmakers, he said. "If we can do that, it would be a big victory against piracy," he added. Information is also a big factor in the fight against piracy, showing that it drains the pockets of those who created the material, thus affecting jobs and families.

While that may be the case, the reasoning behind why consumers share files rarely is discussed. Perhaps if the movie industry actually lowered the prices of films, theaters could reduce the cost of admission. If consumers could actually afford to see a movie, perhaps then they would be least likely to hunt it down on torrents. Piracy is bad, but gouging the consumer is even worse.

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  • dxwarlock
    yes, dont address the problem, band-aid fix it. :|
    banning those that are sharing and getting caught, doesn't do anything. they aren't the ones making the wares.


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  • Shadow703793
    Screw FOX. Cry me a river will you? No one cares about your cr@p.
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  • Abrahm
    "While that may be the case, the reasoning behind why consumers share files rarely is discussed. Perhaps if the movie industry actually lowered the prices of films, theaters could reduce the cost of admission. If consumers could actually afford to see a movie, perhaps then they would be least likely to hunt it down on torrents. Piracy is bad, but gouging the consumer is even worse."

    An excellent point and exactly what I was thinking. Maybe they should look at themselves first. I'm sure if they stopped paying actors ridiculous amounts of money they could lower ticket prices.
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  • darknova_
    some consumers may be in the wrong for pirating the industry except the induestry is also in the wrong for not listening to consumers
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  • dman3k
    When "clear and balance" is a lie, how is it that your opinion matter?
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  • dextermat
    Those guys don't get it : most people who pirate are people WHO CAN'T BUY.

    They won't make more money with that kind of practice....
    I i was in their place: I'd find a way to sell stuff cheaper or something: some money is better then no money.

    I guess they pay millions (uselessly) for the CEO that claims these things....
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  • doomtomb
    Too bad you can't stop me Fox.
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  • superblahman123
    The government could try to step into telling ISPs who they can and can't have as customers, but I can guarantee it'll get sticky.

    Not to mention that you could not stop one person from access to the internet while we have internet cafes, libraries, and schools. The reality of internet access is limitless to those with a computer. If they want access, they'll find it.

    FOX sucks ftw.
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  • omnimodis78
    I love how these CEOs are always coming with European status quo, but they always neglect to throw in the other side of the coin - that consumers have far greater protection over there as well. If the US government wants to change the laws on this or that, they better be prepared to satisfy both sides, not just the greedy media executives.
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  • lashton
    lol people who watch fox should have thier internet cut
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