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?

Filed Under: business models, file sharing, isps, liability, uk


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    Chronno S. Trigger, 22 Feb 2008 @ 10:39am

    random question

    would this law allow me to download anything I want until I get banned and switch to another ISP and repeat? or would this law force the ISP to police their networks needlessly since the government is still going to punish the user anyway?

    And no one has ever explained how the ISP will know the difference between a legally shared file and an illegal one.

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