NBC Wants FCC To Force ISPs To Police Their Networks For Copyright Infringement
from the that's-a-stretch dept
It's slightly ridiculous to say that ISPs should have any responsibility to stop copyright infringement on their networks, because they shouldn't be the arbiters of what is and isn't legal. Since they don't have the expertise or the technology to accurately do so, they'll end up blocking all sorts of legal content -- though it's hard to imagine NBCU and other content companies would really care. While some companies, like AT&T, are taking this step willingly in order to buddy up to Hollywood, NBCU faces an uphill battle in convincing regulators and legislators that ISPs should be required to act as copyright police on its behalf. The safe harbor conventions of the DMCA -- which protect ISPs and platform or service providers from the actions of their users serve a valuable function. Imagine if the construction companies that built roads were required to ensure that nobody drove on streets they built during the commission of a crime: it's hard to see too many roads actually getting built. Furthermore, when content companies themselves can't figure out what content is actually infringing upon their copyrights, how can ISPs be expected to?