Yesterday, we wrote how the recording industry group in the UK, BPI, was pushing for ISPs to cut off the accounts of people caught file sharing. We noted that the fundamental idea made sense, but that we doubted the recording industry would follow through fairly. It appears that's correct. If there is evidence that the user is violating terms of service, then the ISP has every right to determine what to do with that customer -- including cutting them off. Instead, it looks like the BPI is suggesting that any time they send any notice, the ISPs automatically cut off the user. In fact, one of the ISPs named in the article yesterday seems pretty pissed off at the BPI, noting that, despite the claims of "unequivocal evidence," the evidence given doesn't show very much at all, and certainly not enough for them to cut off any users. The ISP also notes that the whole thing was a "media ambush," as the BPI apparently got the press to write about the letters sent to the ISPs before the ISPs even saw the letter themselves. So even in what had the chance to be a reasonable plan, the recording industry is screwing things up again. As we said yesterday, the interesting thing will be how the industry responds when the ISPs fail to cut off these users. At least in the case of Tiscali, that's happened. Now let's see how the recording industry responds.
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