Posts Tagged ‘copyright infringement’
Sometimes, if you squeeze one spot, two come back in its place. And so, will various people patting themselves on the back over the ISP block of The Pirate Bay, a word of warning.
There was a drop in file-sharing after the much publicised court ordered block of TPB, but of course, it was short-lived. One major ISP (speaking anonymously) said that P2P activity has returned to ‘just below normal’ after only a week of the enforced rule.
However, the BPI (music industry trade people) are still thrilled to bits with themselves, with chief executive Geoff Taylor saying: ”We’ll take further steps to deal with illegal sites that line their pockets by ripping off everyone who makes the music we enjoy.”
What Geoff Taylor & Co don’t realise is that P2P traffic spiked during the court proceedings thanks to the massive amount of media coverage. Basically, like a Streisand Effect, the thing it aimed to stop became more popular thanks to constant whining about it. ”We saw a fall at the time of the block,” the source told the BBC, “made more dramatic by the increasing amount of such traffic in the weeks leading up to it. But volumes are already pretty much back to where they were before.”
Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK says: ”We’ve always said that blocking is an ineffective method. It’s not in any way productive. Anyone who knows anything about how the internet works can get around it.” The Pirate Party has even set up a proxy server to dodge the The Pirate Bay block.
Should the music industry be looking at other ways of making revenue instead of wasting money, chasing their tails or are they right to try and stop widespread copyright infringement?
The High Court has ordered O2 to hand over the personal details of 9,000+ O2 broadband subscribers to Golden Eye International and the pornography firm Ben Dover Productions.
You know Ben Dover right? Well, he set up Golden Eye International and he wants £700 from each of the O2 customers who he says got at his work illegally through filesharing. The judge has daid that this idea is “unsupportable”, and that the letter Golden Eye International intended to send demanding payment was “capable of causing unnecessary distress because it could be read as an implicit threat of publicity once proceedings have been commenced”.
O2 have been fighting the bid for customers’ details, which Golden Eye international made with a total of 13 bongo flicks. The court rejected 12 of the applications but found in favour Ben Dover Productions, saying that “the claimants’ interests in enforcing their copyrights outweigh the intended defendants’ interest in protecting their privacy and data protection rights”.
In fairness, if you’re watching Ben Dover films, you deserve absolutely everything you get. Either way, O2 will now be forced to match 9,124 IP addresses that have been observed infringing Ben Dover Productions’ copyright with its customer database and hand over personal details.
Consumer Focus, who intervened on behalf of the O2 customers, said: “This case sets an important precedent for the rights of consumers, particularly those who are innocent, and the responsibilities of companies seeking redress on behalf of copyright owners. It is very welcome that the court has recognised the bill-payer should not be automatically assumed to be guilty when a copyright owner believes they have detected copyright infringement on that internet connection.”