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.

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    Not Bob, 1 Jul 2008 @ 6:30pm

    Not likely

    Sorry Mike,
    It seems you have forgotten that when a company/industry/government/person/{insert group here} gets to a certain size, it figures that all the rules are for others and they have no need to follow them themselves.

    Sort of like the "argument" that, "This isn't about us, it's about those thieving pirates."

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