Virgin Agrees To Be IFPI's Copyright Cop
from the but-why? dept
Back in February, there were reports that the entertainment industry had somehow convinced the UK gov’t that the “file sharing issue” should be the responsibility of ISPs, rather than the record labels whose obsolete business model caused the problem in the first place. The UK gov’t then issued a very public threat that ISPs had better start kicking file sharers off the internet, or it would pass a law requiring them to do so. It appears that rather than push back, Virgin Media has jumped right in and will start kicking those accused of unauthorized sharing off their system using a “three strikes” policy. Of course, some might find this a bit ironic, considering that part of Virgin’s entire marketing campaign was around how you could get free stuff via its internet connection. In the meantime, it’s still not clear why ISPs should be responsible for propping up a different industry’s business model.