Back in February, we noted that the UK government was putting a lot of pressure
on ISPs to "voluntarily" agree to act as copyright cops for the entertainment industry -- sending out industry threat letters to users (often based on flimsy evidence
) and even kicking off users who are "accused" of unauthorized file sharing three times (the infamous "three strikes") policy. While the government backed off a little, saying that it was up to the industry to work out the details, apparently the "tone" has changed and the government is back to putting serious pressure on ISPs to cave in to entertainment industry demands
: "The British government just put a gun to our head," is how one ISP exec put it. That means they were basically told to give in or legislation would show up forcing them to give in. Chalk another one up for the entertainment industry lobby, effectively getting governments to protect an obsolete business model once again.