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[ NNSquad ] Re: Cox Users Report Sandvine-like RSTs and Poor P2P Uploading

On Nov 14, 2007 3:24 PM, Robb Topolski <robb@funchords.com> wrote:
> (Replying to my own message.)
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Robb Topolski [mailto:robb@funchords.com]
> > Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 2:49 PM
> > I've seen reports that Cox seems to be interfering with BitTorrent
> > uploads. [...]
> > (until we see more evidence, this is UNCONFIRMED).
> As reported by a DSLReports user, Cox flatly denies interfering with
> BitTorrent.  (The response appears to be boilerplated to me, making me
> believe that this text was reviewed and approved in response to the Comcast
> interference with P2P.)
> http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r19442445-
> --- Quote from "jmccorm" ---
> A new response from Cox, including a very direct and unambiguous denial. I'd
> note that the malformed paragraphs are indicative of heavy cutting and
> pasting. Emphasis (below) is mine. So here you have it. Cox denies
> interfering with BitTorrent. (Unless they want to argue that they're not
> actively interfering with it, but passively interfering with it?!)
> Thank you for your e-mail to Cox Communications. I understand that you want
> to know if Cox interfere in any way with BitTorrent traffic? I apologize for
> this inconvenience.
> As you might know Bit Torrent is a Peer-to-Peer service. BitTorrent
> metafiles do not store copyrighted data, hence the technology itself does
> not constitute copyright infringement. Nevertheless, majority of BitTorrent
> trackers users utilize the technology to download copyrighted material such
> as movies and software without legally purchasing them, consequently, it led
> to tremendous legal pressure, usually from the MPAA and RIAA, to shut down
> numerous BitTorrent trackers.
> Cox Communications adhere with the Intellectual Property Infringement
> policy. You may not use the Service to post, copy, transmit, or disseminate
> any content that infringes the patents, copyrights, trade secrets,
> trademark, or propriety rights of any party. Cox assumes no responsibility,
> and you assume all risks regarding the determination of whether material is
> in the public domain, or may otherwise be used by you for such purposes.
> ****We do not actively interfere with BitTorrent**** and you are solely
> responsible for using the service.
> Cox also blocks some ports for security reasons. If BitTorrent uses any of
> these port, it could be blocked. Please visit the link below where you can
> find additional information of the ports Cox block.
> --- endQuote ---
> http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r19442445-

It would seem that Cox believes that the service is used, in part at
least, for violating IP laws, or at a minimum to scare off people
wanting to use BT.

Perhaps part of our mission should be to educate the larger ISP on
non-infringing uses?  Attacking BT based on payload is like attacking
the mailman because one didn't like what was inside a letter.