Last week, in responding to claims that it would cost ISPs more
to police the internet than the music industry claimed it was losing from "piracy," BPI boss Geoff Taylor made a few funny statements, including the ridiculous claim that ISPs used piracy as a part of their "obsolete business model"
without any support at all. It appears that Geoff can't stop making stuff up. As he continues to hit back at BT for the cost claims last week, he's now suggesting that BT broke the law in not stopping file sharing
"It's shameful for a company like BT to know that a high percentage of the traffic it carries is illegal material but do nothing," Taylor told The Mirror. "If you operate a commercial service and know it is being used to break the law, taking steps to ensure it is used legally is a cost of doing business."
Of course, it's not quite accurate to say that BT knows a high percentage of its traffic is illegal material. BT doesn't know that, because it has no real way of knowing exactly what much of the traffic is, or what's authorized and what's not. Furthermore, Taylor is flat out wrong in saying that if you operate a service that is used to break the law, you must stop it. BT also runs a phone service, but no one's saying that it has a responsibility to stop phones from being used in the commission of a crime. BT accurately suggests that if BPI finds evidence of a copyright violation, it should prosecute, but that none of that is BT's issue. I'm reminded of how Australian ISP iiNet responded to similar charges
They send us a list of IP addresses and say 'this IP address was involved in a breach on this date'. We look at that say 'well what do you want us to do with this? We can't release the person's details to you on the basis of an allegation and we can't go and kick the customer off on the basis of an allegation from someone else'. So we say 'you are alleging the person has broken the law; we're passing it to the police. Let them deal with it'.
Once again, it appears the entertainment industry thinks everyone else has to bend over to make sure their old business model still works. But that's not the way the world works.