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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Net Neutrality passed back in February, but did anything change?

Of course not, nothing has changed. Actually, several ISP are appealing of the decision, and it may take years before a settlement is reached.

Don't be in a hurry though, because your internet access bill might increase if Net Neutrality is applied for what it really means. No user have priority over the other. All pay the same amount, and have equal access to web ressources. No paid highways for some and slower roads for others.

That sounds fair, right? But it also means that users like Google will pay the same amount for using the internet as you do. And Netflix will have the same priority to deliver your streaming movies than any users downloading their emails. As in, all roads have the same speed limit for every users, highways and rural streets alike. Do you think country roads will have a 70mph speed limit to match that of highways? Reality is more like highways would be slow down to 30mph.

That, of course, is not something you read everywhere on the web. Because, see, the web shows you stuff that is good for their business. Your searches are performed by Google, and Google would LOVE to pay the same amount as you for using the internet! It's interesting to see all people out there protesting against the FCC and CRTC to get net neutrality, firmly believing they will get the same priority as Google. Fact is it's Google, Netflix and friends who will pay the same amount as you to use the web.

More in-depth information on this Forbes article.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

MPAA confirms its responsibility for shutting down PopcornTime

"The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has claimed responsibility for the shutdown of the main Popcorn Time fork, PopcornTime.io, and torrent site YTS.

PopcornTime.io shut down late last month due to what was reported as internal conflicts between developers, fear that an upcoming paid service could land them in legal trouble and various hosting issues.

The MPAA, however, has now come forward with news that several of its member studios filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court of Canada on October 9. A week later, they obtained an injunction to shut down the service. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the statement of claim was under seal until today."

Full story on The Hollywood Reporter.
Federal Court Statement of Claim here.