So the current UK government are determined to press ahead ASAP with the previously mentioned 3 strikes measures to cut off those who download files illegally via peer to peer filesharing services e.g. music or movies - at great cost to both human rights, justice and the finances of ISPs (and ultimately their customers, i.e. us).
No surprise, but worrying given the defeat of an attempt to enshrine internet access as a fundamental right in the EU (according to Out-Law the European Parliament withdrew their previous insistence on judicial oversight because they were advised they weren't legally entitled to move the amendment concerned). And the planned measure is pointless given that it probably won't be effective, and kids these days are moving to streaming rather than using peer to peer filesharing anyway, etc.
Here are links to the original sources:
- Dept for Business Innovation & Skills' (BIS) press release of 28 October 2009 "Education, Enforcement and New Business Models Essential to Tackling Unlawful Filesharing"
- © the way ahead - A Strategy for Copyright in the Digital Age, paper by the Intellectual Property Office - also announced at the same time; I've not had the chance to digest it yet myself, but Out-Law highlights that there will be standard "model contracts" with standardised copyright exceptions.
And some commentary:
- On costs of the plans exceeding benefits according to ISPs, see e.g. Guardian Costs would exceed savings on Mandelson plan, ISPs say - and streaming companies not eager either, and TalkTalk threatens legal action over Mandelson's filesharing plan (and Out-Law's report on that), and the Independent
- Broadstuff - who asks - but "why cause a storm in a teacup full of bloggers, music fans, open rights activists etc who like nothing better than a nice righteous campaign to get off on?"… Well, as I mused before in my post on the Digital Economy Bill, "perhaps the chance to have dinner with the rich & famous and to hobnob with ageing rock stars could be a deciding factor. Got to get one's priorities right after all, building up one's connections with industry is vital - especially if one may be having to look for a job after 2010."
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