Three strikes and you’re out for illegal downloading in the UK


I have to confess, I’m not a fan of baseball, nor laws based upon its principles. A green paper in the UK (released by the government showing policy direction) has suggested that ISPs are going to be required to cancel connections of persistent copyright infringers. Your first offence gets you an email, your second a suspension and the third gets you kicked off your ISP. The details are as yet unclear, such as how disputes are to be settled and whether ISPs will share information about infringers, but it sounds to me like one of the most extensive and intrusive government efforts to regulate online behaviour I’ve come across. Lots of questions remain unanswered, such as the length of suspensions and the outright bans. One thought that occurs to me is that if this applies to University ISPs the effect could be huge, with no alternative provider in the University accommodation I stayed in for 4 years it really would have been 3 strikes and you’re out. The problems of erroneous reporting and detection would also be huge, if not insurmountable. All in all, its just not cricket.

Times Online article

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