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Swiss ISPs are cheesed off by 'anti-piracy' talks

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Tue Nov 26 2013, 10:12
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SWISS INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (ISPs) are mad about moves to ramp up 'anti-piracy' measures that are being hammered out in meetings to which they are not invited.

According to Torrentfreak a potential update of Swiss copyright law is being pursued by the US government and media cartels with the Swiss government.

So far their output has been poor, according to the locked out ISPs and has yielded nothing but terrible ideas.

Ideas so far have included those hoary old devils, warning letters and internet throttling, neither of which appealed to a spokesman for the industry who warned that dangerous precedents could be set.

"We reject the monitoring of internet traffic on principle, because to have exceptions opens a dangerous door," said Andrej Vckovski, president of Swiss industry association Simsa. "Suddenly, it would be conceivable, for example, to filter political content."

Torrentfreak apparently has seen a document about the meeting, and quotes some of it. The section quoted suggests that the US believes Switzerland lacks effective anti-piracy measures.

"The United States continues to have serious concerns regarding the inability of rights holders to secure legal redress in Switzerland in cases involving copyright piracy over the internet," said the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) 2013 report.

"The United States strongly encourages Switzerland to demonstrate its commitment to copyright protection and to combating online piracy vigorously, including by taking steps to ensure that rights holders can protect their rights," it added.

Another external but also concerned party is the International Intellectual Property Alliance, (IIPA). It is quoted as comparing Switzerland to some kind of 'piracy' haven in earlier statements.

"The country has become an attractive haven for services heavily engaged in infringing activity," it said. "From there, they provide a global service, effectively turning Switzerland into a major exporter of pirated content." µ


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