TorrentSpy turned off to US users/BT Traffic throttled.

It seems the war on “piracy” has turned out to be a war on BT itself as well as bandwidth usage. I was stunned to visit TorrentSpy and be greeted with “Torrentspy Acts to Protect Privacy
Sorry, but because you are located in the USA you cannot use the search features of the website. Torrentspy’s decision to stop accepting US visitors was NOT compelled by any Court but rather an uncertain legal climate in the US regarding user privacy and an apparent tension between US and European Union privacy laws.”

On a related note it seems as though my ISP (Comcast) (as well as many others) have started throttling it’s customers BT traffic as well as preventing seeding.

No ware in Comcast’s TOS does it mention the use of BT or any P2P for that matter.

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Also my first email to Comcast:

It seems over the past few days maybe over the past week I have been experiencing slower than usual speeds using the Bittorrent(BT)protocol and my BT client. After some google-ing I found a few articles on the matter and did not like what I saw.
Now as a Comcast customer I am well aware of the Terms of Service (TOS) the you (Comcast) have in place regarding the matter of the use of consumption of bandwidth, misuse of service (i.e. DMCA violations and or Copyright infringement ect.), or causing "an overly large burden on the network" No ware have I seen in the TOS the use of P2P or BT applications and their associated protocols as long as the the above was not true. I use BT only for downloading legal files (mostly Linux distributions and other open source projects) and thus am not violating the TOS.
It seems to me as though Comcast is putting my (an all it's users) privacy at risk by spying on and limiting the way (and what)information can be accessed. They want to stop copyright infringing traffic. At the same time though they are stopping the right of it's users to access free (and perfectly legal) information on the internet. I am quite appealed that any company would want to do this.
I have been a Comcast user for a long time and always loved the service but in light of the recent happenings (witch have not been confirmed nor denied by Comcast)I question my future of remaining a Comcast user...

I will post the response (if any) to the email when it happens.

Written by Brett Pierce - Visit Website

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