Tuesday, January 20, 2009

BERR consultation responses - “01”

In reference to BERR response “p2p – 01 – FOI.PDF

This response is typical of a medium to heavy user, and would appear to be teens or early twenties. The respondent is clear that a contract should fulfil it's advertised role, and that the ISPs shouldn't be selling and promising what it can't, or doesn't want to, deliver. The user is also quite forthright in pointing out that there are options and legislations already in place to deal with the problem – a civil suit through the courts. That it is either costly, or slow does not mean that it is ineffective (it's the norm in civil suits, party to prevent frivolous suits). It is quite rightly pointed out that removal of the courts means that the basics of law and order are circumvented, and that the paper is asking for comments on vigilantism.

There are no major factual inaccuracies, although no deep understanding of the law is evident, the legal understanding is consistent with a layman's perspective.

Consultation analysis overview

BERR Consultation Responses – An Analysis

I must admit, with my current role at TorrentFreak, I've let N2N get quiet. I now plan on partially reviving it, but more as a sort of repository of analysis I've conducted. Firstly, I'll be starting with the recent BERR consultation responses. This is stuff that just won't fit in with TorrentFreak but which I feel is important to get published in some form, so that it's out there, for people to read.

I'm going to start in filename order on the responses, so it will be the numbered responses from individuals. I'll add each one as and when I have time to, so there won't be a regular update. If you wish to reference or quote these results, by all means, this site is under a Creative commons BY-NC-SA license. Creative Commons License