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, 26 Feb 2013 @ 3:53am

    'good example of voluntary agreements'

    considering this was an enforced agreement between the ISPs and the entertainment industries and happened without any input from the public or any of their representative bodies, how can it for one second be regarded as 'voluntary'? all this has done id further show the contempt that the entertainment industries and now the various ISPs have for their customers. it also shows, yet again, how little the entertainment industries are prepared to do themselves, at their own expense, to correct the biggest fuck up they have ever made by not listening to or catering for the people. the cost of this 'voluntary agreement, as usual, is being paid for by anyone and everyone except those very industries that have forced others to comply with their wishes.
    'voluntary agreement', my fucking arse!! these politicians want a voluntary agreement implemented on to them whereby they cant receive any more campaign funds. let's see how they like that fucker!!

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