Can Someone Explain Why It Should Be An ISP's Responsibility To Deal With File Sharing?

from the it's-a-simple-question dept

Last week, we noted that there was some draft legislation in the UK making the rounds that would have ISPs ban people found to have participated in unauthorized file sharing. Some people responded by saying that this was just a draft and there was no chance it was going to go anywhere. However, the UK's Culture Secretary Andy Burnham is now saying that the government is quite serious about pushing this legislation through, and that ISPs would be wise to implement such a system voluntarily before the government acts: "Let me make it absolutely clear: this is a change of tone from the Government. It's definitely serious legislative intent." What he doesn't make clear, however, is why it should be the ISPs' responsibility to prop up someone else's business model. What's next? Will they push automakers to fight back against bankrobbers who use getaway cars?

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    Overcast, 22 Feb 2008 @ 12:26pm

    That's fine - ban people. Maybe they will get out of the house, quit spending so much time on the Net, watching TV, and listening to music - spend money elsewhere completely.

    I know it wouldn't really hurt much.. :)

    So in essence - it's not only getting rid of ISP customers, but customers for any web-based business.

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