UK: Entertainment Industry Wants ISPs to Police Internet

By Matthew Harwood

Britain's entertainment industry is calling on the government to make Internet service providers (ISPs) police their networks by slowing or terminating the connection of users that illegally file share material online, reports

ISPs have already said they won't do it voluntarily.

According to the article:

In a statement, the Internet Service Providers Association (Ispa) said it disputed "calls from some elements of the creative industries for the disconnection of users or technological measures as a method of dealing with potential infringers of copyright online."

It added: "Ispa members have consistently explained that significant technological advances would be required if these measures are to reach a standard where they would be admissible as evidence in court.

"ISPs and consumer groups consider disconnection of users to be a disproportionate response, a view that was recently supported by the European Parliament."

Barbara Follett MP, minister for the creative industries, says the government is "a little nervous" about calls to slow or disconnect users that continually share illegal files. Instead, she said the government is leaning toward warning letters that warn of legal action—although there is no agreement yet on what legal actions would be taken.

Simon Juden, chief executive of the Publishers' Association, told the BBC, "A letter threatening another letter is simply not good enough."

Follett, however, did note that British politicians will be closely watching events in France, where a bill passed the National Assembly today that would create a "three-strikes policy" for media pirates, according to UK's The Register.  Users caught illegally sharing files will have their Internet connection disconnected for a year by the government. The Senate will vote on the bill tomorrow.


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