Why Does The Recording Industry Decide Who Gets Threatening Letters From ISPs?

from the biased-much? dept

With the UK heading down the slippery slope of making ISPs into copyright cops, the folks over at TorrentFreak are pointing out what might be the most troublesome part: the decision as to who deserves a threat letter comes from the recording industry. Yes, BPI (the UK version of the RIAA) gets to tell the ISPs who's violating copyrights, and there's no due diligence to make sure that the info is accurate. In fact, if history is any indication, the accusations will be based on highly questionable evidence. TorrentFreak asks, reasonably, that if the ISPs are required to send letters out based on this info from a clearly biased party, shouldn't the BPI be forced to open up its process to make sure that it's fair and accurate?
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Filed Under: copyright, copyright cops, isps, uk
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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jul 2008 @ 1:02am

    At the moment it's not as bad as you make out in the UK, the ISPs have agreed to send the letters, to warn the individuals that the BPI is on their case, but most of them refuse to do much more (ie disconnect them). After all, looking at the amount of people who do download illegally they would surly run out of a customer base eventually, or people would just go to their competitors who don't disconnect them.

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