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Re: Belgian court rules that ISPs must block file-sharing

  • From: Nathan Ward
  • Date: Thu Jul 05 21:47:43 2007

On 6/07/2007, at 1:19 PM, Sean Donelan wrote:

On Fri, 6 Jul 2007, Chris L. Morrow wrote:
On Thu, 5 Jul 2007, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:

Note that this is based on their interpretation of EU law.

and a hearty 'good luck' to them... :( I suppose someone could point the
Belgian's over to the Panamanians (who tried to block VoIP, thanks C&W
PTT for that 'fun'). Hurray, more clue- legislation...

Does anyone have an english language translation of the eleven methods
proposed by the "expert" to implement this order?

I don't think it is going to be pratical, especially since the NSA hasn't
solved the problem of covert channels in decades.  But maybe this "expert"
has come up with something novel.  Or maybe not.

But I'd like to see what was proposed before passing judgement on it.

The PCWorld article mentions some "Audible Magic" solution as one them.

Google finds:
Including a product called "CopySense", which has the following features:

    *  Log and analyze the P2P load on your network
    * Limit P2P traffic to only use an allocated portion of bandwidth
    * Filter P2P traffic:
          o Block all P2P file transfers, or...
          o Block only transfers containing copyrighted content, and/or...
          o Block transfers containing illegal child pornography, and/or...
          o Block transfers containing other pornographic or offensive content
    * Filter WWW traffic:
          o Block known malicious websites, and/or...
          o Block illegal sites containing child pornography, and/or...
          o Block other pornographic or offensive sites

I wonder if they did a proof of concept at all, or if they just read the glossies..

Nathan Ward