ISPs are hopping mad because government ask them to pay for piracy

14 September 2010

An 'internet service provider', this morning

ISPs are spitting feathers today after the Government announced plans to force them to stump up 25% of the costs of enforcing online piracy measures as part of the Digital Economy Act.

Rights holders will send IP address of users who have been caught downloading copyrighted material illegally to Britain's major ISPs. They will then have to faff about sending warning letters and taking people to court if they get sent three notifications within a year.

Of course, the trouble here is that anything that costs the ISPs money will be passed on to their customers who, for the most part, have done nothing wrong. It all seems like a teacher giving an entire class detention because some prick was horsing about and won't own up.

Copyright Infringement Notice will have the right of appeal for free, with ISPs and rights holders splitting the entire costs of the scheme on a 25:75 ratio.

The Government did warn however, that the service probably won't be free forever, presuming that there may be too many people trying to use the service.

“The Government will monitor the situation closely, and reserves the right to introduce a small fee at a later stage,” a statement said.

ISPs don't want to pay for the misbehaving of their customers. They also don't want to get the ire of their customers up, and so, are pointing the finger at the only people left - the rights holders. ISPs believe that they should bear the full costs because they'd be the ones who would stand to gain from any legal action taken over piracy.

If someone is going to have to cough-up coins for illegal downloading, then who should pay? It's a question that could well go round and round until the end of time itself.


TOPICS:   Technology   Government


  • ButterMan
    Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke
  • Will
    Meh. I use megaupload coz I'm not a dumbhead.
  • The B.
    Where's the incentive for ISP's to do this? Any fines will be awarded to the recording industry, the ISP has to do all the legwork to prosecute its own customer base and charge them more as a result, if I were an ISP I'd just make up fake stats saying that no one was doing anything.
  • tfeb
    @Will. Ok so back in the day i used Napster, then audiogalaxy then sharaza and to be fair I really cained it! I had gigs of music. These days I'd say 90% of my music comes from itunes legally and about 10% from a Russian music site where cost per track are a few cents and I know this is a bit af a grey area. So if you use Megaupload surely this can still be tracked by ISPs and is surely still illegal? - btw im not being funny just genuinely asking the Q :)
  • Barcode M.
    The ISP could track it, yes. But they wont. They'll just go on what they get from the right holders, e.g. ip lists from torrents.
  • dunfyboy
    It's more like car manufacturers being told prosecute speeders, or makers of jackets with deep pockets being told to stamp out shoplifting. The DEA was rushed through, it won't work and the sooner we all ignore it, the sooner it will go away.
  • Alexis
    I still don't understand how cafes and pubs with free wi-fi can be responsible? They'll be getting letters every week and have their connection cut off in no time.
  • Paul C.
    Rapidshare must be rubbing their hands with glee. Warez-bb ahoy.
  • Monkey S.
    @ dunfyboy More like car manufacturers being told prosecute speeders? isn't it more like pipe company being told off for people putting shit down its pipes? and stuff.
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