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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    PaulT (profile), 5 Apr 2008 @ 12:46am

    Nice

    Great to see the ISPs standing up to these people. They had me worried to begin with!

    Perhaps the BPI should remember what they were sowing a few years ago that's making them reap lower profits. This is the same organisation that used "trademark" laws to prevent websites like CDWow from importing CDs from Asia, forcing them to use UK suppliers (and therefore, much higher prices). All in the name of "saving jobs" of course, while in reality helping to drive the industry into the ground.

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