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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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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Feb 2008 @ 12:44pm

    Why does everyone make such a big deal about file sharing? It has been around way before the internet remember the mailed tapes of new songs ect? Yes its illegal but the more you talk about something the more people do it. If the government would give some the public may give more money back! I download things if i like it i will pay for it or tell others to get it to purchase it.. I never liked norton antivirus tried it in 2002 and been buying it ever sense this year it cost me 300$ i didnt steal it i paid per machine.. If i wasnt able to try it in 2002 i would of never became a customer

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