Three strikes for illegal downloaders? Make that 50 strikes...

The debate about illegal downloading is one that will go on and on and on until some P2P'er buckles and ends up accepting a load of money from a big company to sort it all out with some new ideas. That's the way it usually works (if you look at the history of hackers at least). That's why no-one ever believes tech types when they toot on about 'morals'.

Until then, everyone is going to have to put up with the clunky bumblings of various know-nothing government types, all wildly chucking shit at a lake to see if any of it floats.

The latest idea comes from Lord Razzall (who, if you ask me, sounds like a dancehall reggae MC) and his chum (takes deep breath) Lib Dem spokesperson for Culture Media and Sport Lord Clement Jones. Basically, Razzall has put forward an amendment (No.76 - like you even care) to the Digital Economy Bill that cuts persistent downloaders a bit of slack.

The amendment puts forward the idea that these internet rapscallions should be given the smackdown after "the internet service provider has received fifty or more copyright infringement reports about the relevant subscriber from the copyright owner for that period."

Balls to the three strikes idea... and in with the fifties, right? It sounds a bit like an offer from a shop. 'Try Product X for free and then, after a period, you have to start wanking up pennies...'. Of course, it's unlikely that the music and film industries will be keen to be part of a bartering system like this, but if they want to start making money again, they're most certainly going to have to rethink their business model.

However, one point is still not addressed which will invariably irk some folk.  Just because someone makes a claim, it does not make it a fact if they repeat it a number of times. I'm pretty sure that most illegal downloaders are quite happy with the current laws (copyright holders taking people to court ) because, basically, no-one is getting the book thrown at them... even if they help millions of people access nicked music.

However, if a happy medium is to be sought, this 50 strike thing is a promising sign. It's certainly better than the BPI request to introduce a no-questions-asked takedown regime which would allow rights holders to remove huge slabs of material at a whim.

That said, the likelihood of the Liberal Democrats getting in power are slim-to-fuck all.



  • Nicholson101
    It's like Pin the tail on the f'ing donkey! They'll just keep trying new things until they get bored... The ONLY way forward is for record labels/film companies is to offer a viable, easy-to-use, reasonably priced internet based service. I buy all my PC games legitimately now (and have done for a good few years) because of Steam. The software is there (iTunes etc..) but the prices are still too high.
  • james d.
    of course we can all just start using encrypted newsgroups. Then what are they gonna do?
  • Nobby
    These fifty or more copyright reports... what is one report? If you download an album, is it one copyright infringement or 10 (or however many tracks on the album). If it is per track, then it is more cost effective to download films and buy music, to keep under your 50 points.
  • digriz
    I often get sent music, if i like it I buy the CD. If I don't i don't listen to it. Stopping me getting sent music via p2p will mean i hear less new music and consequently buy less.
  • MyOtherUserNameIsAFerrari
    My problem with getting stuff off iTunes etc. is that i have already spent all my money on an Mp3 player that i have no cash left to buy Mp3's for the facking thing. So i have no choice but to acquire MP3's which have fallen off the back of a lorry.
  • Free G.
    Our renters moved out several months ago and left us having a mess to clean up. Not only had been there holes in the wall, they also destroyed doors, window frames and carpets. They have been extremely smart and covered up the harm with pictures, posters and curtains so we didn't realize the extent in the damage until they have been gone. Now we're fixing up the house so we can rent it again. Thankfully, this career is much easier as we have a laptop with wireless capabilities. We're capable to Free PS3 Games too as other exhibits so we're entertained even though toiling away. It is excellent that the Internet offers things of this nature.

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