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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    out_of_the_blue, 25 Feb 2013 @ 2:50pm

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

    provided that you PAY proportionally for it! Therefore I propose metering Internet like electricity: per-megabyte charges from ISPs, and TEN TIMES that on the upload side. -- That'd fix you bandwidth-hogging, freeloading pirates!

    Less seriously, the "Six Strikes", not yet fully in place making a practical difference is only making a few pirates angry; as usual, Mike mistakes his few fanboy-trolls for general sentiment.

    More seriously, ISP interests align with Big Media: MONEY is why they're implementing this.

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