Originally Posted by Ralph Sir Edward
bb say MAFIAA +++good.
More seriously, this will stop casual pirates, but not the more serious pirates. The true darknets, (the semi private pirate networks), will still exist, and go into full ecryption modes for all data streams. Shrug. Won't stop them. When you encrypt a file, you lose all the digital watermarking during transmission. How will the ISP be able to tell what is in the file? Or even if it's encrypted? A bit stream looks like a bit stream. All you can do is pattern match against known markers.
And then there's always sneakernet.
As long as digital recording devices and materials exist, there will be piracy. The more you try to block it, the more the "forbidden fruit" will challenge the teen-age hacker...
The way I believe they see it, the more people the system can turn to legitimate sales channels... in other words, using the law and the "difficulties" of skirting it to drive the larger number of casual consumers to iTunes-type services... the less they will worry about the shrinking number of pirates against their greater profits.
At any rate, the article is not so much a concern to the technical end, as much as it is a suggestion that orgs like the RIAA (and its European equivalent), the ISPs and the governments will all start to work together against hacking.
Here's the big concern: Suppose they can't stop hacking, but they can identify the hackers? With govt regulations supporting them, hacking could end up being on someone's public record...