p2pnet news | Freedom:- In what would amount to an unbelievable, officially sanctioned, violation of human rights, the UK government seems set to cave in to corporate entertainment cartel demands to impose strict control on the Net, using ISPs as the foil.
“People who illegally download films and music will be cut off from the internet under new legislative proposals to be unveiled next week,” says Times Online.
ISPs will be, “legally required to take action against users who access pirated material,” says the story, going on:
Users suspected of wrongly downloading films or music will receive a warning e-mail for the first offence, a suspension for the second infringement and the termination of their internet contract if caught a third time, under the most likely option to emerge from discussions about the new law.
Broadband companies who fail to enforce the ‘three-strikes’ regime would be prosecuted and suspected customers’ details could be made available to the courts. The Government has yet to decide if information on offenders should be shared between ISPs.
By an amazing coincidence, French president president Nicolas Sarkozy, too, has called for a ‘three strikes’ rule for anyone “found guilty of internet piracy”.
Are the two governments colluding or are they getting their ideas from outside corporate concerns?
The French ‘three strikes and you’re out’ idea came from Denis Olivennes, chairman of Fnac, probably France’s largest distributor of DVDs and CDs.
Times Online doesn’t specify who or what inspired the British government decision but, “Britain`s four biggest internet providers – BT, Tiscali, Orange and Virgin Media – have been in talks with Hollywood’s biggest studio and distribution companies for six months over a voluntary scheme,” says the story, going on:
“Major sticking points include who will arbitrate disputed allegations, for example when customers claim to have been the victim of wi-fi piggybacking, in which users link up to a paid-for wireless network that is not their own. Another outstanding disagreement is how many enforcements the internet companies will be expected to initiate and how quickly warning e-mails would be sent.”
The British government, “will make an explicit commitment to legislate with the launch next week of a Green Paper on the creative industries,” says the story.
“A draft copy, obtained by The Times, states: ‘We will move to legislate to require internet service providers to take action on illegal file-sharing.’ A consultation paper setting out the options is promised within months.”
The commitment, “forms part of a Green Paper on the creative industries entitled The World’s Creative Hub to be launched by Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, and Gordon Brown next week,” the story states.
Posts Hanna from Sheffield:
“George Orwell was right after all. It’s only a matter of time before the government starts bribing our children to inform on us.”
Will the British public take this lying down, or will they take the Canadian approach, using the Net to let politicians know the people who elected them call the shots, and not the other way around?
Definitely stay tuned.
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