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