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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    Poomer, 22 Feb 2008 @ 1:29pm

    quick reply...

    sorry for bad english and broken a hurry

    you cant compare service with commodities. isp vs gun manufacturers.apples and highway.

    the question is why did they come to this decision?

    internet service disrupts other laws such as copyright. the solution, try suing the websites which enable filesharing. this becomes long and tedious legal battle. wrong outcome can have disastrous consequences.

    so taking the easy route go to the source. make isp find and ban users (personally, its not a good idea) - conflict of interest. unless the incentives from the government/other sources (such as RIAA etc) are higher than the loss in customers
    have government provide the internet -? worse.

    u want to sell something - make it the right value and i will buy it.

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