In October last year, “Is Carphone Warehouse’s TalkTalk speaking out of both sides of its mouth?” – p2pnet wondered, going on >>>
“We’re full of bright ideas,” it says on its site. But as p2pnet revealed recently, one of them is a plan to have parents acting as corporate copyright control cops on behalf of the entertainment industry.
Mums and dads would censor their kids online with a U, 14 or 18 certificate, or an unclassified rating system
Parents choosing the U or 14 options, would be able to block computers in the household from accessing certain filesharing sites such as the Pirate Bay, as well as pornography and gambling, without having to install extra software on the computer, the Financial Times quoted Carphone Warehouse boss Charles Dunstone stating.
The move would, help consumers understand a system that blacklists sites that facilitate piracy, says the story, also quoting Dunstone as declaring, “This is something that we are going to do anyway, as a service to our customers. But through doing it we can also help the content industry by blacklisting sites that have BitTorrent files on them.”
“[...] help the content industry by blacklisting sites that have BitTorrent files on them … ”
Isn’t that censorship, pure and simple? And it’s exactly what Hollywood and the Big 4 record labels want.
However, proving it’s sometimes possible to butter your bread on both sides, “Charles Dunstone, the chief executive of Carphone Warehouse, has said he could be prepared to fight the Government in court should the anti-piracy clauses of the Digital Economy Bill become legislation,” says the Telegraph, going on:
“Speaking to The Telegraph, Mr Dunstone, whose company owns and operates the internet and telephony provider TalkTalk, said he refused to send his customers who were suspected file-sharers warning letters about their supposed activity or disconnect them, even if these clauses of the bill became law.
“He explained that he may choose instead to fight the Government in court, if his lobbying fails and that his company would ‘consider all its options’ should these clauses in the Digital Economy Bill go through.”
It reads well and no doubt will appeal to uninformed British surfers looking for a (seemingly) safe ISP haven.
But I find it difficult to to see how TalkTalk’s own censorship plans mesh with the company’s apparent opposition to the Three Strikes part of the digital economy bill.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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