April 04, 2008

Policing internet 'not ISP's job'

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7329801.stm

The guy who runs TalkTalk's broadband has announced that he's not going to bow to pressure from the music industry to stop people sharing music, stating that it is not his job to be an internet policeman.

I find it hard to sympathize with the music industry. I do not mean I support sharing music illegally, I just mean that it's hard to sympathize with a multi-billion dollar industry trying to get more money.

Of course it's not really in the best interests of the ISPs to disconnect users for illegal file sharing; the ISPs aren't losing money from royalties, but they are gaining money from broadband subscriptions.

Maybe I'm just being cynical...


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    How about the amount of money it takes to police this kind of thing? On the scale it’s happening, it costs ISPs an inordinate amount of money to do something they couldn’t really care less about. TalkTalk/Carphone Warehouse are absolutely spot on and have said what all other ISPs were too afraid to say – it’s not their job to protect the copyright of the music industry, that’s the music industry’s job.

    04 Apr 2008, 14:14


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