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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Comcast To Face Lawsuits Over BitTorrent Filtering

There is an interesting editorial at CNet today on the ever-so-popular topic of Comcast filtering BitTorrent content. There is a good deal of information here for those of you following the story but the author also investigates the legal side of things and seems to think that class action lawsuits may be on the way.

I discussed this issue with Fred von Lohmann, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Fred stated that "based on [our] own testing, as well as what has been reported, it seems clear that Comcast's techniques are bad for its customers and bad for innovation generally. The fact that Comcast's efforts are reportedly interfering with BitTorrent, gnutella, and Lotus Notes communications makes it clear that they are not narrowly targeted at particular users or protocols."

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