UK ISPs refuse to play Internet copyright cops

12 05 2009

Warnings just aren’t good enough. That was the message delivered at a London conference today by a group of UK creative industries, which are demanding that ISPs start disconnecting users accused of repeated online copyright infringement. But the response from ISPs was clear: the creative industries can just shut their collective pie-hole until they do a better job of licensing legal content.

Hey, Digital Britain, start disconnecting people!

Today’s push for tougher “graduated response” penalties is politically timed to put pressure on the government’s soon-to-be-released Digital Britain report (read our coverage of the report’s interim conclusions). That report will shape government policy on issues like graduated response, and early drafts have so far been in keeping with the government’s current approach—Internet disconnection is off the table as a penalty.

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