Monday, January 26, 2009

Three strikes is out

The recording industry has been putting heavy pressure on the UK government to impose a "three-strikes" policy upon ISPs, whereby customers alleged to have infringed copyright three times would be disconnected. However, it seems their latest efforts have not been successful:

David Lammy, the Intellectual Property Minister, said that the Government had ruled out legislating to force ISPs to disconnect such users.

Speaking ahead of the publication of a report on the future of Britain's digital industries, Mr Lammy said that there were very complex legal issues wrapped up in enforced disconnection. He added: “I'm not sure it's actually going to be possible.”

Lilian Edwards and others have pointed out the vastly disproportionate nature of such a sanction. How positive to hear that the government has been listening. New business models, not technological enforcement, are the way to maximise the benefit of the Internet for creators and consumers.

No comments: