Would The Entertainment Industry Follow A Three Strikes Rule Itself?

from the three-strikes-and-*you're*-out dept

The entertainment industry has been increasingly pressuring ISPs to be copyright cops. The "three strikes" approach being pushed in France, the UK, Australia and possibly Canada is one of the more extreme attempts which would have unauthorized file sharers kicked off the internet entirely. Cory Doctorow asks if such companies would accept their own rule with a three-strikes-and-you're-out policy for sending out erroneous copyright notices -- meaning that they lose their own access for sending out three bogus takedown notices. Given that organizations like the RIAA and MPAA have sent takedown notices to laser printers and believe that providing proof of infringement is too hard, why not cut them off from the internet too after three questionable takedowns? Doctorow's proposal is admittedly Swiftian; aside from being entertaining, it highlights the ridiculousness of the whole three-strikes-and-you're-off-the-internet idea. If the entertainment industry wants ISPs to impose a three strikes rule for improper usage, they shouldn't mind being held to the same standard.

Filed Under: copyright, isps, takedowns, three strikes


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    Dean Landolt, 6 Jul 2008 @ 4:19pm

    RE: Shohat

    Interesting analogy Shohat -- I'll certainly have to borrow that...

    I agree that the relationship between the two isn't commutative. But frankly, I don't believe we'd need go to such extends as Doctorow proposes to demonstrate the absurdity of three-strikes: given strict enforcement and many eyes on them, it's unlikely many entertainment firms could go very long without being caught with their hand in the copyright cookie jar, violating someone's copyright one way or another.

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