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
Companies: bpi, talktalk


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 4 Apr 2008 @ 5:49pm

    What ja gonna do

    Hot on the heals of the hit tv series COPS, is a new release this fall called POPs, (Publishers On Patrol).
    We fade into the scene next to a POP driving a keyboard. He is on the look out for perps downloading copyrighted content. He explains how he really likes his job and the fact that his father was a POP. Suudenly he detects an illegal download occurring in the 163rd subnet of a local ISP. Quickly he saves the log for analysis and fowarding to the ISP in eager anticipation of an address. After commercial break, we join the swat team assembled outside the perps residence, tazers in hand. Stay tuned next week for the exciting raid and apprehension of this suspected terrorist, err I mean pirate, err maybe copyright infringer.

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