Copyright law and the internet

March 24, 2009 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

It has been interesting to watch the debate regarding copyright law and internet providers (ISPs) responsibility to terminate accounts of repeat copyright infringers.

You have to ask yourself how could ISPs actually have enforced it given that for years people have downloaded images, music and videos?

No doubt many will be pleased with the government’s decision to rewrite Section 92 but it still asks the question what can be done about protecting  copyright in an electronic environment?

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  • 1. Rob  |  March 25, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    One issue, although not the central one, is that ISPs have, for many years, basically supplied the lion’s share of their (home-use) bandwidth with the full knowledge that it is for the purpose of illegal downloading/file-sharing. They have made a lot of money from it and really have every intention to maintain the status quo. They don’t want to be the nasty policeman to their customers.

    In the end, people downloading wont stop any time soon especially since many of the worst offenders have grown up never knowing the concept of paying for music/films. It is essential that whatever plan is enacted it must be practical and simply to apply universally – which is not an easy ask – and which the proposed system fails at.

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