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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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Feb 2013 @ 10:56pm

    As consumers we are blind

    How is it a consumes reponsibility to know that any particular site has a right to publish the content it publishes. A good example is The Huffington Post who re-publishes all kinds of news content. Strike One.
    YouTube, you click on a video that happens to have a song. It later gets taken dwon but not until Stike Two. How about Hulu. Well known enough but do we get to read the contract between the content creators and the site to see if they have a right to air it. Strike Three. Jonathan Coltan had a song reproduced by Glee and apparently every episode Glee steals content and deal with copyright issues later. Well you downloaded the song from Itunes, strike 4 then you bought the video on Amazon ...strike five. Oh that was just one week and you were done in 30 minutes of web browsing. Is this going to happen (yes). Because if you can imagine any screw ball combination of things going wrong then it probably will.

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