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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 Feb 2013 @ 3:42pm

    Bandwidth hogging you say ootb? Dang you really have drunk the koolaid haven't you? You're just flappin' your gums cause you have no idea of what a real factual stance is.

    Everyone buys a package of some sort for internet connection. Unless you can hack the account in some way, you can't exceed your package plan. It's another red herring the ISPs use to cover their ass for not investing in expansion of the net. They over sell their resources and when people complain they aren't getting what they bought... it's bandwidth hogging.

    Sure thing. Another addition showing you can't think and string two sentences together without someone else thinking for you.

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