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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    claire rand, 22 Feb 2008 @ 10:32am

    liability

    in exactly the same way the telephone company is liable if you say something horrid, or if you use dial up for your data stream. oh and your car maker if you park illegally, the library if you get a dangerous idea, the maker of your stereo if someone other than yourself hears a song.

    except of course gun makers, who are not liable for the twits who can't use a gun

    i realise the last point could be a tad contentious, it does i feel make the point. a provider of a service should not be liable for what people do with that service.

    people *are* liable for their own actions, or should be

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