Another UK ISP Insists It Won't Become A Copyright Cop; Scolds BPI

from the not-here-to-do-your-work dept

Well there go those plans. Over in the UK, the British equivalent of the RIAA, the BPI, was pretty confident that it had the government on its side in forcing ISPs to become copyright cops and to kick off users found to be sharing unauthorized files. However, it looks like the BPI may have gotten a little ahead of itself. First, the BPI leaked to the press that Virgin Media would voluntarily agree only to have the ISP vehemently deny that it would do any such thing. Now, TalkTalk, the third largest ISP in the country isn't just saying it won't be a copyright cop fot the BPI, but its CEO is angrily denouncing the BPI for sending "the most unbelievably rude letter" demanding it do so. As its CEO said, it's as if the BPI is making ISPs pay the price for the record labels own failure to adopt: "They're not just shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted -- the horse has left town, got married, and started a family." The BPI, for its part, has also responded angrily claiming that TalkTalk "just doesn't get it." It then goes on to talk about "fairness" and "partnerships" apparently missing the irony that the record labels are notorious for not being particularly fair and being absolutely terrible partners.
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Filed Under: bans, bpi, copyright, isps, uk
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    Jake, 4 Apr 2008 @ 5:01pm

    Hoo Boy...

    Even if the BPI is being truthful in claiming that all they want British ISPs to do is react if handed proof that their clients are using their service to break the law -which in and of itself is not an unreasonable request, if we leave aside the question of exactly what constitutes copyright infringement and whether it's even practical to try to uphold the law as it stands now- they've shot themselves in both feet and a kneecap with the tone of that letter. They can certainly forget taking any kind of legal action against ISPs, too; even if the precedents weren't firmly in the defence's favour -nobody's ever sued a phone company and won because one of their clients made drug deals by phone, for example- judges tend to look with disfavour upon claimants who have attempted to use the threat of legal action as an intimidation tactic.

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