UK ISP Says It Will Not Follow Digital Economy Bill Rules

from the civil-isp-disobedience dept

As anger towards the Digital Economy Bill grows, some are fighting back against the bill in a variety of ways. ISP Talk Talk, who had been vocally against the bill ever since it was first proposed, has apparently now announced that it will not follow the more draconian aspects of the law. In an official blog post by the company, it says that it will fight in court any attempt to force it to do things it feels are unwise, and will continue to fight against the law politically:
After the election we will resume highlighting the substantial dangers inherent in the proposals and that the hoped for benefits in legitimate sales will not materialise as filesharers will simply switch to other undetectable methods to get content for free.

In the meantime we stand by our pledges to our customers:
  • Unless we are served with a court order we will never surrender a customer's details to rightsholders. We are the only major ISP to have taken this stance and we will maintain it.
  • If we are instructed to disconnect an account due to alleged copyright infringement we will refuse to do so and tell the rightsholders we'll see them in court.
Who knows if it will actually help, but it is nice to see an ISP willing to not just give in at this point.

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    Dom S, 9 Apr 2010 @ 2:55am

    Re:

    You're totally missing the point!

    illegal filesharing wouldnt exist (at the current level at least) if the corporates hadn't falsely inflated their prices.
    effectively, the content industry has double-f*cked their artists by almost forcing people to start filesharing to get what they deem to be value.
    putting it simply, i buy a cd which works out to cost me £15 for a 15track album (£1 per track)
    i dont believe this is worth this amount. therefore i download 15 more tracks from another album (lets say from the same artist) for free (making the cost effectively 50p per track). this would seem more reasonable to me. therefore i feel my filesharing was justified because as a consumer it should be up to me to decide what value i apply to the products i buy, not the corporate money-grabbers who feel they have the right to dictate unfair pricing to me!

    illegal filesharers are not to blame. the industry is.

    pretty simple really

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