GEOFF TAYLOR chief exec at the BPI responds to remarks made by Talk Talk boss Charles Dunstone. The statement is presented in full and unedited:
In claiming that the music industry is asking it to become the "internet police", "impinge customers rights" or "restrict freedom to use of the internet ", Talk Talk is either seeking to misrepresent our position, or just doesn't get it.
At the heart of this issue is ensuring that creators are fairly rewarded in the digital age, and we passionately believe that working in partnership with ISPs to develop first class, safe, legal, digital music services is the way forward. But such a partnership can't succeed if an ISP refuses to do anything to address the problem of illegal downloading on its network.
Contrary to Talk Talk's claims, passing advice on to their customers is not "unreasonable" or "unworkable". We are not asking ISP's to act as the police. We are asking them to act on information we provide to them.
Talk Talk claims it is their role to "protect the rights of their customers to use the internet as they choose". We strongly disagree on this point when that usage is illegal, and the government’s position in this area is also clear. We believe that any socially responsible ISP should, as a core part of its business, put in place steps to help their customers avoid engaging in illegal activity, and deter those who knowingly break the law.
We firmly believe in an internet where property rights are respected, and creativity is fairly rewarded. This will grow our digital economy, which is in the interest of all of us. Talk Talk should play its part in building this future.
Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive
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