NJ Gubenatorial Candidate Speaks Out Against Six Strikes: ISP Shouldn't Decide What You Can Download

from the a-political-rallying-point dept

Via Slashdot, we learn that a gubernatorial candidate from New Jersey has staked out a clear position against the new "six strikes" Copyright Alert System. Carl Bermanson, a regular in New Jersey politics who entered the race a few weeks ago, made a nice statement about why six strikes is so problematic. Basically: why is it the ISPs' business at all?
"The internet has become an essential part of living in the 21st century, it uses public infrastructure and it is time we treat it as a public utility. The electric company has no say over what you power with their service, the ISPs have no right to decide what you can and can not download". He went on to say that while he believes copyright infringement is unethical, it is not surprising that as the law evolves to disrespect the public domain, that the public would grow to disrespect copyrights.
While some will just brush this off, it is significant in that, to date, most politicians have been playing down the whole six strikes thing as a "good example of voluntary agreements," without realizing just how angry it's making people, and how it's giving them less reason to respect copyright at all.

Filed Under: carl bermanson, cas, copyright, copyright alert system, governor, new jersey, six strikes


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    jimbo, 26 Feb 2013 @ 12:12pm

    Re: Re: "The electric company has no say over what you power with their service,"

    Correct me if I am wrong, and I may be, but I already do pay for my bandwidth. Firstly, I am on what is supposed to be an UN-limited plan. It consists of 40MB/s-1MB/s. Whether or not I am a pirate is a moot point. I am paying 40-1 for every bit (no pun intended) of traffic coming or going to the house.

    Secondly, this article is about six strikes, and the fact it is a bad idea. You all complain because copyright wants too much control, and we can't have that. You also complain over too much regulation, or govt. intervention, if you will.

    The bottom line is that this is about money. You all will also scream corruption, greed, blah blah blah while you are too busy forgetting it's the capitalist way. You don't get to choose, it's not a free country, and the system is broke, and has been for way too long.

    NOW kudos to the guy who openly and publicly has likely already killed his political future by standing up and saying six strikes is bad.

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