The Music Industry body UK Music thinks that the government’s Digital Britain report doesn’t go far enough. Instead they want a version of “3-strikes” whereby people accused of filesharing would be disconnected from the Internet for 2 months. Here’s what they say:
Music: Five measures to migrate persistent file sharers to licensed music services
1. Warning notice. The ISP will send a letter to the account holder illegally file sharing copyright material
What this means in practise is that the music industry will decide that it thinks someone is filesharing. At this point it has no proof — and in the past their methods have been so lax and inaccurate that they’ve accused laser priners, dead people, and people without a computer of filesharing. The music industry will then notify the ISP, who the music industry expects to do its dirty work.
2. Interactive notification & web direction and slowing internet speed. The ISP will redirect the account’s web browser to a website which will require the account holder to identify themselves and their responsibility for the account.
If this happens when a user is in the middle of a financial transaction, e.g. buying a plane ticket, they could lose money. Will the music industry pay up in that instance?
In any case, the ISP already has the account holder’s details.
The ISP will also inform the account holder that their internet service speed will be restricted for one week.
So people will lose part of the internet functionality they’ve paid for, merely on suspicion of filesharing. No-one should be punished for doing anything illegal, unless they’ve had due process of law and been convicted in a fair trial.
3. Should an ISP receive evidence of illegal file sharing on an account for a third occasion, it will send a notification to the account holder that their internet service will be immediately suspended for 72 hours.
4. Evidence of illegal file sharing on an account on a fourth occasion, the ISP will send a notification to the account holder that their internet service will be immediately suspended for one month.
5. With evidence of illegal file sharing for a fifth occasion, the ISP will suspend the account for a period of two months and that a further two month suspension will be implemented if a further infringement occurs
This is unacceptable. Not only will people be punished without due process of law, every other member of their household will be too. So if your son or daughter or husband or wife does something illegal, the music industry thinks you should be punished too.
And if you are providing an open wi-fi link for the good of the local community, the music industry thinks your public-spiritedness should be rewarded by treating you like a criminal.
If you oppose the music industry’s plans, join the Pirate Party UK.
(via Daily Telegraph)