Australia Latest To Consider Kicking People Off The Internet For File Sharing

from the three-strikes-and-your-shooting-yourself-in-the-foot dept

Never let it be said that the entertainment industry lobby isn't comprehensive. Over the past decade plus of watching them at work, you begin to see some patterns that are unmistakable. When the industry has a new idea it plans to push through as a law, it quietly works the concept through a variety of politicians around the world, and then will have one representative of the industry slip the concept into conversation at a public event somewhere. Then, while everyone's debating the concept, it suddenly shows up in pre-written legislation around the world before anyone knows what's going on. That appears to be happening again. Over the summer, entertainment industry execs (mainly from NBC Universal) started buzzing about how ISPs needed to take more responsibility for punishing those who were sharing unauthorized files on their networks. It seemed so outlandish that people were kind of surprised that it was even brought up. But then the laws started popping up. First there was a French proposal that would have ISPs ban users after being caught sharing unauthorized files three times. Then a similar proposal popped up in the UK last week. Now, down in Australia the government is now considering a similar proposal. Rest assured that these ideas didn't suddenly occur to the politicians in each of these countries.

Filed Under: australia, bans, copyright, file sharing, isp, mpaa, riaa, three strikes


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  1. identicon
    demar, 19 Feb 2008 @ 8:49am

    it starts

    it's the beginning of the end. How long now before big brother tells you that you can't think about those movies or music without paying a fee. It's called a thinking tax. If u think about someone else's movie, you have to pay for it! Looks like it'll be back to bbs before too long.

    Of course I could be worng. maybe one day the "industry" will wake up and realize that file sharing is the best opportunity that they have ever had. Probably not, but I can dream.

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