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One might have titled this story "Beware of government bearing gifts." We should be exceedingly wary whenever law makers begin dabbling with something that's been working exceedingly well for decades. Today that thing is the Internet, perhaps the least-regulated industry in the U.S. today. This week the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering a set of new (and as yet unpublished) rules that would impose regulations on how broadband service providers are allowed to maintain their networks. Shrouded in the innocuous veil of "Network Neutrality," the potential restrictions are anything but neutral, and could tie the hands of service providers …

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Call it a kind of bigotry for the new millennium. The packets of peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent have become the target of throttling—even complete blockage—by Internet service providers on their networks. Do they have the right? The revelation comes from [URL=http://broadband.mpi-sws.mpg.de/transparency/results/]study results [/URL] published yesterday by Germany’s [URL=http://www.mpi-sws.org/]Max Plunk Institute of Software Systems[/URL] computer research group, which identified 13 ISPs engaged in the practices, including Comcast, Cox and seven others in the U.S. In response, Comcast said it monitors peek traffic times and slows peer-to-peer packets to give other services access. Data in the study contradicts that claim, showing …

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Bram Cohen, the creator of bittorrent.com has signed a deal with the Movie Industry, that is hoped will reduce the number of pirated films, shared on the Internet, via the website. The deal means that BitTorrent must remove any links to pirated films. The deal between the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and BitTorrent is the latest in a line of moves to limit the illegal sharing of films via the Internet. Mr Cohen has raised $8.75m to turn the BitTorrent Inc into a commercial download service, similar to Napster, who made a likewise transition. "We are glad that …

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