WHILE POLITICIANS in blighty dither over whether or not they should introduce tougher anti-piracy laws, the nation's ISPs are telling the music and film industries to stuff it.
The UK creative industries have demanded that ISPs start disconnecting users accused of repeated online copyright infringement. But ISPs are starting to fight back.
They do not see why they should be the movie and film industries' copyright cops, particularly as the problem is caused by rights holders not doing a better job of licencing legal content.
In a statement, the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) said Internet companies are trying to provide legal content online but are frustrated by the entertainment industries' daft rules that stop them from doing it.
ISPA told Ars Technica that legislation on enforcement should only be introduced on the condition that the rights holder industries commit to significant licencing reform.
There is some merit in this. In areas where the likes of the RIAA and friends have allowed reasonable distribution illegal downloading has fallen off. The Music Mafiaa's own statistics show that legal downloading is more popular than illegal file sharing.
We'd go further than ISPA's timid statement, however. The entertainment industries should be required to achieve licencing reform before they even think about asking for legislative support, and they should have to pay artists ninety per cent of gross receipts and submit to strict audits. µ
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