UK Government Tried To Make It Harder To Appeal Three Strikes Accusations
from the noticing-a-pattern? dept
It's beginning to look like that sort of limited list is all a part of the bigger plan by such [insert random smallish number here] strikes plans. Some "leaked" documents in the UK show that the government (and take one wild guess who asked them to do this...) asked the regulators at Ofcom to limit the ability to appeal:
The Government has asked Ofcom to remove a catch-all in the appeals process which allowed appeals to be made on "any other reasonable ground."It looks like Ofcom may have pushed back and doesn't appear supportive of such an effort, but it really does make you wonder what the industry is so afraid of. If it gets to punish people based solely on accusations, it's flat-out crazy not to allow them to appeal on any reasonable basis.
This catch-all was previously thought necessary, as the list of grounds for appeal was "non-exhaustive" and may need updating as technology evolves. Justice for internet subscribers is now dependent on Ofcom coming back with an exhaustive list of appeal grounds in the redrafted IOC; and, keeping this list up-to-date as technology evolves (and, presumably, updating the legislation in Parliament and notifying each update to the EC).