from the so-now-what? dept
Last year, when the recording industry in the UK was pushing for ISPs to act as copyright cops, Charles Dunstone, the head of Carphone Warehouse and its TalkTalk ISP, stood up and bashed the recording industry for even daring to suggest that the ISP should be responsible for the recording industry’s own inability to adapt. As he said at the time of the recording industry:
“They’re not just shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted — the horse has left town, got married, and started a family.”
As numerous people are submitting, Dunstone is back at it, stating the obvious to a recording industry that needs to hear it. He’s trying to explain to them that, no matter how hard it tries, it can’t stop unauthorized file sharing, noting that “the pirates will always win” and any attempt to stop them is simply “naive”:
If you try speed humps or disconnections for peer-to-peer, people will simply either disguise their traffic or share the content another way. It is a game of Tom and Jerry and you will never catch the mouse. The mouse always wins in this battle and we need to be careful that politicians do not get talked into putting legislation in place that, in the end, ends up looking stupid….
If people want to share content they will find another way to do it…. It is more about education and allowing people to get content easily and cheaply that will make a difference. This idea that it is all peer to peer and somehow the ISPs can just stop it is very naive.
Of course, this is what plenty of people have been saying for years. There have been plenty of opportunities for the recording industry to embrace opportunities, and they’ve failed almost every single time. Instead, as always, they want to complain about the “pirates” and the “thieves” while other companies build the new music industry around them.