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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    Iron Chef, 22 Feb 2008 @ 9:48pm

    Re: UK creative industries strategy

    This nonsense seems to come from this newly published strategy for the UK's creative industries http://tinyurl.com/26buuc

    Much of the rest of the document is actually quite encouraging for creative industries, but this sticks out like a sore thumb.


    Wow Darylxxx, that has to be the best, most straightforward lifecycle-driven piece of research I've seen an industry take to their product! If it goes forward, it could be a model for other industries. Kudos on finding that!

    I remain certain that if the processes were intentionally created with the overall intent of "Make it easier to legitimately license content", they may find that the legislation piece just adds a large amount of unneeded overhead costs to the entire programme.

    Great Find.

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